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January 28, 2021

Policy for Electricity to Rural Communities in Final Stages

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By Jack Lapauve Jr – EMTV News, Port Moresby

Legislation for the supply of electricity to communities along power grid areas is under final processes of drafting, and will be presented in parliament next month.

Petroleum and Energy Minister, Ben Micah, announced this at the Pacific Energy Conference in Singapore recently.

Minister Micah said the policy would look at the domestic use of LNG, geothermal and appropriate technologies for remote communities.

“A lot of our people are living under power grid areas but are not accessing electricity over the past 25 years,” Micah said.

“The major trust of this policy is to bring power and light to these people,” he added.

Other points bought up by the Petroleum and Energy Minister are for the use of appropriate technology for the use of wind, hydropower and solar.

The policy will also enable the private sector to work with the government to provide electricity.

Working in line with outcomes of the Paris Climate (COP21) meet, Minister Micah said more emphasis would now be directed toward a cleaner energy source for PNG people.

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