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Electricity Market

In Vanuatu, utilities manage and operate assets that belong to the Government. They produce electricity to supply distribution network of their assigned concession. They also maintain the poles and the connections to the homes.

There are currently two operators in four concessions:

Union Electrique du Vanuatu Limited (UNELCO) is a private company and a subsidiary of GDF Suez. UNELCO has been producing and supplying electricity and water in Vanuatu since 1939. It has concessions on Efate, Malekula and Tanna islands.

 

Vanuatu Utilities and Infrastructure Limited (VUI) is a subsidiary of Pernix Group, Inc. VUI started operating a concession in Santo on 1 January 2011after signing an O&M agreement with the Government of Vanuatu for the Luganville electricity concession. You may contact them at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 


SUMMARY

The data for UNELCO's concessions are sourced from its annual technical report made public in April 2013. The data for VUI* have not been updated yet.

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RENEWABLE ENERGIES

In 2012, the Government of Vanuatu initiated the “Energy Roadmap”, which would result in a high-level report drawing the evolution of Vanuatu’s energy market with a focus on the energy mix amongst other key issues.

One of the aims of the Energy Roadmap is to reduce the reliance on diesel-based electricity generation through increased usage of renewable energy sources.

Although the government has not yet designed policies supporting electricity generation using renewable energy sources, private sector companies supplying electricity have already been operating green energy assets.

The amount of renewable energy capacity installed at the end of 2012 reached 4.4MW out of 31.5MW or 14% of the total installed generation capacity.

Green electricity generation is enhanced further by mixing coconut oil (copra) with diesel in thermal generation, which translates in a cumulated contribution of 29.5% from renewable sources in electricity generation as measured in January 2013.

Installed renewable generation capacities are distributed as follow across concessions in Vanuatu:

LOCATION

GEN. TYPE

CAPACITY in kW

SINCE

Efate

Wind

3,020

2010

Efate

Solar

70

2011

Santo

Hydro

1200

1995

Malekula

Solar

20

2012

Tanna

Solar

20

2012

 


 

Pacific Region Electricity Bills

In recent times, the price of electricity has become a controversial topic: it is often mentioned that the prices paid in Vanuatu are high, but these statements are rarely supported by fact and evidence. In order to inform the debate on electricity prices in Vanuatu, the Utilities Regulatory Authority (the URA) has performed analysis of bills for electricity customers across the Pacific. This report provides the summary findings.

PDF Comparison Report 2013

PDF Comparison Report 2014