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Australia backs Samoa's Renewable Energy Ambitions with OpenCEM Tool

In a significant step towards achieving its 100% renewable energy target, Samoa has received the OpenCEM electricity sector modelling tool from Australia.

This handover marks a critical advancement in the country's energy planning and decision-making capabilities. Developed by ITP Renewables Australia, OpenCEM Samoa has been customized to meet Samoa's specific energy needs. The tool will empower the Electric Power Corporation and Office of the Regulator to evaluate various policy and technology options, ensuring cost-effectiveness and a smooth transition to renewable energy.

Australian Deputy High Commissioner, Ms. Claire McGeechan, emphasized the importance of partnerships and innovation in addressing climate change.

"Samoa's leadership in combating climate change is exemplary," she said.

"Your nation's adoption of OpenCEM sets a regional precedent, highlighting your commitment to embracing technologies that support a sustainable energy future."

Honourable Olo Fiti Afoa Vaai, Minister of Works, Transport, and Infrastructure, praised the alignment of the project with Samoa's national goals.

Minister 'Olo said that, this project will empower organizations to enhance system capacity through improved planning and decision-making,

The handover event also featured the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between ITP Renewables Australia and the Electric Power Corporation, ensuring technical assistance for the initial year of OpenCEM's operation.

This collaboration will strengthen Samoa's capacity to harness renewable energy and create a sustainable energy system for its citizens.



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