Posted at 22:55 on 10 December, 2007 UTC
Representatives of a Texas based company whose principals are of the
Jennings family are in the territory to begin discussions regarding
alternative energy sources.
The company proposes turning coconut oil into diesel fuel providing a
supplemental fuel supply to power ASPA' generators.
A second proposal is to use rubbish to generate electricity.
Governor Togiola Tulafono said he was happy that American Samoan's off
island have answered the government's call for assistance to lessen the
territory's dependence on fossil fuels.
The governor stated that fuel accounts for 70% of the cost of
electricity and having an alternative fuel supply would reduced the
costs of electricity substantially
Swains Representative, Alexander Jennings, says there is a family
"But these two investors are two brothers, Jeffrey Chestor and
Junior Chestor. They were an oil industry but they have moved over to
bio-diesel and alternative energy. So, we have been talking to people
for the last few months, and they are looking very closely at what can
be done with the landfills here and also the coconuts, and we have also
had opportunity finally to go to Samoa and just saw how many coconuts
are available. But they are still exploring, but they are very committed
and are not discouraged by anything.
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