SENATOR NELSON PROPOSES TASK FORCE TO FURTHER
RENEWABLE ENERGY GENERATION ON GUAM
(Hagåtña, Guam) – On Thursday, April 13, Senator Telena Cruz Nelson introduced Bill No. 78-34 (COR), a measure that would establish a task force of stakeholders to advise and plan for the expansion of renewable energy on Guam. The bill is co-sponsored by Senators Régine Biscoe Lee and Dennis Rodriguez.
“With Guam Power Authority projecting plans to expand power generation by 180 megawatts, it is vital that renewable energy is a part of that plan,” Senator Nelson stated. “By expanding renewable energy, we avoid the instability of the fossil fuel market, which raises prices for our residents. Our island holds the capacity and resources to become pioneers in our region for sustainable renewable energy.”
“As the rest of the world shifts away from fossil fuels, it’s critical that Guam becomes a leader in renewable energy,” Senator Biscoe Lee said. “Not only does the expansion of solar, wind and other carbon-reducing energy promise a cleaner, more environmentally friendly future, it offers an opportunity for Guam to diversify its economy and create vibrant new industries.”
“The more our island expands the more creative our approach must be when it comes to generating energy.” Senator Rodriguez stated. “Guam is a beautiful island with so much wind and sun and it’s time we truly take advantage of it.”
“With this bill, I hope to ensure that energy generation without fossil fuels is done in an efficient and affordable way that benefits our people and builds a sustainable future for Guam. We owe it to our people to develop innovative renewable energy policies that will produce promising alternatives to how we as an island depend on power,” Nelson concluded.
The task force would submit findings by the end of December to the Consolidated Commission on Utilities, GPA and the Legislature. Thereafter they would submit annual reports to related agencies.
Task force membership would include one representative each from:
the University of Guam Center for Island Sustainability;
National Renewable Energy Laboratory;
the chair of the Legislature’s Committee on Utilities;
the Guam Environmental Protection Agency administrator;
an environmental advocacy group.
There also would be four representatives from the private renewable energy industry.