Am. Samoa to start $2M geothermal drilling in 2014
By FILI SAGAPOLUTELE
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa — The head of American Samoa’s energy office says the U.S. territory plans to begin drilling for geothermal energy next year as part of a $2.3 million project to reduce its dependence on diesel.
Director Timothy Jones of the territory’s energy office is also chairman of the American Samoa Renewable Energy Committee. He says the committee agreed this week to an action plan that calls for aggressive goals toward energy independence, including geothermal on the territory’s main island of Tutuila.
Jones says his office expects to be drilling its first test wells next year. He is seeking federal funding through grants available for renewable energy projects.
The territory’s Power Authority says it uses about 1 million gallons of fuel per month for two power plans on Tutuila.