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G8 Project To Integrate Renewable Energy Into Electricity Grids

Dear GENI Friend,

You might recall the G8 summit in Gleneagles, UK in 2005. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was host, and he set the agenda, making Aid to Africa and Climate Change the key topics. Unfortunately, bombings in London put a damper on those discussions.

We had high hopes for that meeting as we had mailed our proposal to all G8 members and advisors just one month prior. Our goal was to get the world's leading economies to consider the GENI Initiative as a priority solution to the increasing global CO2 emissions. This year the International Energy Agency is preparing a report to the G8 members entitled, "The Integration of Renewable Energy into Electricity Grids." Someone heard our message!

A couple of important points are made in the draft report. First, that solar and wind are variable output technologies, therefore not always dispatchable when we need the power. Spain and France have resolved this by spreading their solar and wind farms widely across their nations. Also stated, that national boundaries are decreasing in relevance to electricity systems as interconnection among neighboring nations increases. Sound familiar?

This month, European Union Energy Commissioner Andris Peibalgs announced an agreement between France, Germany, Belgium, Luxemburg and the Netherlands to form a single integrated electricity market on 2009. It is projected that this cooperative market will mean lower prices to consumers, increased trade and security of electricity supply.

This work of the G8 will spread to all 26 members of the OECD, and by association to all the neighboring states of those economies. The energy strategy of "linking renewable energy resources around the world" will soon become the policy of most nations. This project is engineeringly feasible, and makes economic, environmental, social and political sense. It's now time for all nations to follow the lead of these five EU leaders.

In partnership for the planet,

Peter Meisen


p.s. Next month we'll feature the 5 nations that already run on renewable energy.

p.p.s. Please consider renewing your GENI pledge. It will make a real difference in our work.

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Updated: 2007/08/30

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