MORE THAN A SYMBOLIC GESTURE, ASPA & TEO PLEDGE TO WORK TOGETHER
On Friday morning at the American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA) compound in Tafuna, the Acting Director of the Territorial Energy Office (TEO) Tim Jones presented a new 100% all electric car to ASPA CEO Utu Abe Malae. To share in the significance and importance of this gesture was the Director of the American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency (ASEPA) Ameko Pato.
Jones, who spoke with Samoa News said, “In the not so distant past, ASPA and the TEO have not been in full cooperation. Today, under the new administration, ASPA and the TEO are in complete agreement that any difference of the past between the two departments must be left in the past,” said Jones.
He went on to say, "Today, we begin working together closely on energy and power for the future of American Samoa and all past issues are put aside and are gone for good. I have declared today to both ASPA and the public on behalf of the TEO and in respect for Governor Lolo Moliga’s mandates that TEO and ASPA are clear of past grievances and personality conflict. We are working together as trusted partners towards a common goal,” explained Jones.
He said that goal is lowering the cost of utilities by means of local renewable resources and technology. Jones continued that the TEO is happy to present to the ASPA CEO in conjunction with fellow energy teammate EPA Director Ameko Pato, an electric green energy car "as a symbol of our commitment to not only renewable energy, but to work together in the best interests of the public."
He also commented that he has already started plans to revitalize the American Samoa Renewable Energy Committee (ASREC) and the first plan of action, after the governor approves the ASREC Board, will be to complete the American Samoa Renewable Energy Strategic Plan.