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Tuvalu is almost solely reliant upon fossil fuels as its source of energy. The country has eight power stations, with the largest located at Fongafale. Generators at all eight power stations are diesel based, with electric power and transport being the largest users of diesel fuel. All fossil fuels used in Tuvalu’s power stations are imported by British Petroleum (BP). There is no competition in Tuvalu’s power generation and distribution, with the Tuvalu Electricity Corporation (TEC), which is 100% owned by the government of Tuvalu, having exclusive rights to supply electricity to all the islands. The board of the TEC consists of directors who are appointment by the Ministry of Works and Energy. The Minister also appoints the Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the TEC. The electricity sector is fully vertically integrated. The Tuvalu National Energy Policy (TNEP), released in May 2009, targets a time frame of 15 years and focuses on areas including electricity, renewable energy and energy sector planning, co-ordination and management. With respect to sustainable energy, the TNEP aims to promote the development of renewable energy resources such as solar, wind and biofuel to broaden the energy supply sources in Tuvalu. At present solar power is used on the island of Niulakita, which accounted for 3% of the Tuvalu Electricity Corporation’s annual household consumption in 2009. Other potential renewable energy resources are coconut tree biomass and coconut oil, however electricity generation from these sources is limited due to slow growth of the trees. Tuvalu is part of the Pacific Islands Energy Policy and Strategic Action Planning (PIEPSAP) project. The Energy Department within the Ministry of Works and Energy is in charge of the development of Tuvalu’s energy policy, the administration of renewable energy projects and regulation of the storage and sale of petroleum fuels.

Electricity and Power organisations in Tuvalu
Tuvalu Electricity Corporation