PALAU HOUSE DEMANDS COMPREHENSIVE ENERGY PLAN

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Resolution urges president to implement strategy

By Bernadette H. Carreon

KOROR, Palau (Palau Horizon, June 22, 2009) – A House of Delegate (HOD) joint resolution was passed on Monday urging President Johnson Toribiong to implement a comprehensive and effective energy plan for Palau.

House Joint Resolution 8-5-1S was first introduced by seven members of the HOD in March.

The resolution urges President Toribiong to prioritize the energy plan.

When the delegates where entertaining the resolution, Palau was already faced with frequent power outages on a daily basis.

At that time government offices and private businesses were on a power schedule caused by faulty generators that needed major mechanical repairs.

The delegates in its resolution said that there is a need for the major overhaul of the existing power system of Palau.

It added that old and faulty generators should be replaced with new ones, because they have become very costly to maintain.

The delegates believe "that a more effective energy plan is urgently needed, one that looks beyond conventional energy generation by burning of fossil fuels which contributes to global warming with its toxic carbon emissions into the atmosphere. We need a plan that also embraces use of greener alternatives by exploring renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and ocean currents and temperatures."

These areas of energy generation can provide for an energy plan that is more sustainable for Palau and help to assure the health and well-being of our citizens as well as to secure the economic status of Palau.

The resolution was introduced by Delegates Lentcer Basilius, Horace Rafael, Swenny Ongidobel, Secilil Eldebechel, Tmewang Rengulbai, Wayne Andrew and HOD Floor Leader Gibson Kanai.

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