Governor places TEO under Utu Abe Malae
The Territorial Energy Office has been temporarily placed under the purview of ASPA's CEO, as the governor has assigned Utu Abe Malae to temporarily administrate, manage and oversee that office until a permanent Director for TEO is appointed.
According to a memorandum issued by the governor yesterday, this action is necessary to assure that major alternative energy initiatives in progress — which are collaborative efforts of the TEO, the American Samoa Renewal Energy Council and the American Samoa Power Authority — continue to be aggressively pursued.
The move to appoint Utu came after the Legislature denied confirmation of Timothy Jones as Director for TEO. Governor Lolo attempted to keep Jones on board by appointing him as the Administrator, however Jones opted to resign.
“Reducing energy cost is paramount and crucial to the achievement of our socio-economic strategies" the governor wrote of Utu’s assignment.
Delaying our attempts to reduce energy costs, not only continue to check our economic development efforts “but also perpetuate the crippling financial burden on all of us... especially for families living below the poverty level,” said the governor.
Lolo further stated that high energy costs reduce the consumption of goods which affects the bottom line of businesses, with negative impact felt by government in reduced taxes.
“High energy costs discourages foreign money to flow into the territory in the form of investments which forge the creation of new jobs for our people," he added.
"The pervasive impact of energy cost on every facet of our lives is inescapable, which obligates urgency to promptly secure solutions.”
The appointment of Utu was in effect yesterday and will continue until a new permanent director is appointed, subject to Legislative confirmation.
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