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Developing renewable energy in Pacific small island developing States


  • Heather Taylor

    () (Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division, ESCAP)


The small island developing States (SIDS) of the Pacific face unique development challenges because of their small size, remoteness from major markets, limited export base and exposure to global environmental challenges. Energy security and diversification of the energy mix have been major drivers for renewable policies and targets in the Pacific islands. This policy brief focuses on the targets for electricity generation from renewables set by Pacific SIDS and discusses the key policy considerations and challenges related to those targets. In particular, it highlights the importance of creating a conducive environment for the development of renewables and emphasizes the need to shift policy discourses from focusing on output to prioritizing access.

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  • Heather Taylor, 2016. "Developing renewable energy in Pacific small island developing States," MPDD Policy Briefs PB42, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
  • Handle: RePEc:unt:pbmpdd:pb42

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