Cook Islands actively looking at renewable energy

2011-01-03T11:00:00Z

The Cook Islands government says its people are reeling under the high and growing cost of energy because of runaway fuel prices following events in the Middle East and continually increasing freight costs to the remote island territory.<!--more-->The government owned power authority has already warned of a 12 percent rise in electricity bills because all of the islands’ electricity generation comes from diesel engines. Rarotonga households that spend on an average US$150 a month on their power bills will see the amounts going up to US$170 dollars.

The government wants to encourage investment in renewable energy generation systems like solar, wind and tidal power and is actively seeking entrepreneurs and investors who could help set up alternative, renewable power systems.

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