About CPUC

CHUUK PUBLIC UTILITY CORPORATION

CPUC is constituted under the “Chuuk Public Utility Corporation Act of 1996” (The CPUC Act). The CPUC Act clearly lays out the obligations of CPUC, its legal capacity and sets out the institutional requirements for board members and senior management. The Act is very clear that CPUC is to “Operate as the provider of public services within the State ….” And that CPUC should “prepare and institute plans for the feasibility, establishment, maintenance and improvement of public utilities on all Chuuk State islands”.

This expectation is enshrined through the Board of CPUC which is composed of 5 members each of which represents one of the 5 regions of Chuuk State. The vision and mission of CPUC is very clear that the long term goal of CPUC is to support the economic development of Chuuk State.

NATIONAL & STATE ENERGY POLICY

The FSM has a national energy policy the broad aims of which are to see renewable technology account for 30% of  FSM energy production by 2020 and for there to be a 50% increase in energy efficiency over the same period. Each of the FSM states have their own energy policy and implementation plan -  these are loosely linked to the general aims of FSM National policy.

CPUC Vision:

We will provide the essential infrastructure and services to attract visitors to Chuuk State and support its economic development. Over time we will expand our services throughout the State sharing the benefits we can provide with all.

CPUC Mission:

CPUC exists to serve the people of Chuuk State – we will endeavour to be a reliable and knowledgeable service provider of power, water and wastewater solutions for the state of Chuuk.Through the dedication of our staff we will be the utility you can depend on to improve your standard of living, health and happiness

We will develop our staff and educate this and future generations in the efficient use of resources and protection of the environment.

The profits we generate will be used to expand our services and through our actions we will create the conditions to attract overseas investment to our islands;

We will be transparent and open with all stakeholders.

CPUC Values

  • Customer focus
  • Positive thinking
  • Honesty
  • Fair Treatment
  • Open Communication
  • Efficient & prompt service
  • Tirow Respect for Tradition and Customs

Goals & Objectives

  • To operate reliable supply networks
  • Have healthy employees
  • Efficient customer service, management and reporting.
  • Efficient revenue collection
  • Working closely with funding agencies to meet their stipulations
  • Support environmental improvement and sustainability for the benefit of Chuuk State and its visitors
  • Support for renewable energy initiatives
CPUC’s Current StatusWeno Diesel Generation

  • 2 MW  to 4 MW to 7 MW in 2 years
  • PV to grid – 300 kW peak
  • Distribution at 13.8 kV

 Udot

  •  PV – 22.2 kWp on schools and dispensaries

Satawan

  •  PV – 22.2 kWp on schools and dispensaries

Moch

  •  PV – 22.2 kWp on schools and dispensaries

Onoun

  •  PV – 22.2 kWp on schools and dispensaries

Tonoas  Diesel Generation

  • 200 kW – service discontinued due to land   dispute

NorthREP Project  Surveys pending for PV at14 dispensaries; and 24 schools

CPUC is in process of preparing a business plan mapping out the intent for the whole business. Consultation with all municipalities will be required to identify the need for electricity; and to confirm technologies to be adopted.

Alternative approaches to management of remote systems must be considered/adopted

In remote environments the extent of power supply should be based on socio economic considerations (e.g.education, health, communication benefits) and not just commercial imperatives;

A coherent strategy for CPUC growth and development is essential if external funding opportunities are to be effectively leveraged. This can be further enhanced through joint initiatives between other State utilities in FSM and perhaps even more broadly.

Appropriate technical solutions need to be employed dependant on the identified power needs for the island or communities being supplied.

Linkages with other service agencies should be an integral part of longer term utility provision, this becomes more important as geographic accessibility reduces.

Key components of Chuuk State Energy Policy are the

  • Provision of stable and reliable power generation in Weno;
  • Improve management, operation and maintenance of  CPUC;
  • Efficient electricity  demand management
  • Electrify  government Facilities in Chuuk State using Alternative Energy by having a renewable energy sources contributing to the total energy mix.
  • Electrification of lagoon islands and other un-electrified islands

Specific targets within the general plan are to:

  • Add 450kWp of renewable energy through PV in the next 4 years;
  • Promote energy conservation and develop energy audit capability;
  • Promote efficient building codes and efficient appliance standards;
  • Undertake assessments for wind and wave/current power viability;
  • Expand solar PV access and use on inner and outer islands through the support of European Development Funds and others that are available;

Comments are closed.