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Proposed 42-megawatt wind turbine project pave the way for lower electricity rates

Updated: Jul 10, 2023

The Lemanu-Talauega administration has confirmed a groundbreaking initiative to pave the way for lower electricity rates and a sustainable energy future.

With the proposed 42-Megawatt(MW) Wind Turbine Project with battery storage, American Samoa is set to achieve significant progress in its renewable energy goals.

Governor Lemanu P. S Mauga, in a press statement issued today, says this project represents a significant step forward in our commitment to providing affordable and sustainable energy options for our territory.

Lower electricity bills will not only ease the financial burden on our residents but also stimulate economic growth and improve the overall quality of life in American Samoa.”

American Samoa has long been committed to reducing its dependence on fossil fuels and embracing clean and sustainable energy sources.

In 2016, the American Samoa Renewable Energy Committee (ASREC) set a goal for the Territory to be 50% renewable by 2025 and 100% by 2040. American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA) is currently at 7% renewable with Photovoltaic (PV) Solar systems.

The ASREC has explored other renewable energy resources such as Geothermal and OTEC, but concluded that wind and solar energy are the best alternatives for American Samoa.

Recognizing wind energy as a viable solution, ASPA has collaborated with industry experts to develop a comprehensive plan that will revolutionize the energy landscape of the territory.

Once completed, the 42-Megawatt wind turbine project will have an immediate positive impact on the community.

This new initiative will enable ASPA to purchase the electricity produced at a lower rate.

The June 2023 Residential kWh rate is $0.39, with a recent high in September 2023 of $0.54. This rate fluctuates with the rising cost of diesel fuel.

However, once the project is online, the proposed electricity rate will reduce electrical costs by up to 50%.

The benefits of reducing rates will extend beyond just residential customers, businesses, and industries.

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