Guam – The Guam Energy Task Force was officially launched this morning [Tuesday] at a news conference at Adelup.
Governor Felix Camacho formally introduced the Task Force members who are: Dr. Robert Underwood, President of the University of Guam (UOG); Elisabeth Cruz, Acting Director of the Guam Energy Office (GEO); Joaquin Flores, General Manager of the Guam Power Authority (GPA); and a five-member team from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado.
The Governor was joined by Assistant Interior Secretary Tony Babauta
Governor Camacho signed Executive Order 2010-15, which established the Guam Energy Task Force and made it responsible for creating a strategic energy plan for the island by developing and implementing a long-term Guam Energy Strategic Plan.
In a release, the Governor is quoted as saying that “It is critical that our island and people decrease our dependence on the usual energy sources we have become accustomed to. We must identify and explore alternative and innovative ways to supply our island’s energy needs. The Guam Energy Task Force is an important component in assisting us to fulfill that goal.”
The task force will tap into the expertise of Guam’s energy, business, scientific, academic, non-profit, and government sectors, thus allowing the island to speak with a unified voice on energy issues. Members include representatives of UOG, GEO, GPA, the Guam Chamber of Commerce, the Guam Hotel and Restaurant Association and the Mayor’s Council of Guam. The task force will be assisted by several federal partners including NREL, DOI, the Department of Defense, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
“The deployment of renewable energy technologies is one of the highest priorities of the Department of the Interior and the Obama Administration,” said Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. “The insular areas, perhaps more than any other region in the U.S., face significant economic challenges associated with the near-total dependence on conventional energy sources. Through the vision and leadership of Assistant Secretary Babauta and Governor Camacho, and with the technical assistance of experts from NREL, I am pleased that the Department is able to support this initial assessment of opportunities to develop renewable energy resources in the region.”
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