J u n e  2 0 1 1 — Volume 19, Issue 6
The GENI-us Letter

Scotland And Switzerland Move Towards 100% Renewables
GENI Interns Push This Agenda To All OECD Nations

Dear GENI Friend,

The eight largest economies “G8” have recently agreed to an 80% reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2050 – with the goal to limit temperature rise to just 2oC (3.6oF).  While this pledge did not include either India or China, the G8 target is significant as it requires a re-tooling of the global energy system.  All fossil fuel combustion creates CO2.  Today, about 50% of the all electricity comes from coal, and 99% of all transportation uses petroleum.  To meet this 80% reduction target, we must change the way we do business.  

Swiss nuclear plantsFollowing the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan, every nation is reviewing their energy mix for security and safety reasons.  Switzerland has 5 nuclear reactors, but is now considering a phase-out of these plants at the end of their useful life.  This baseload energy will need to be replaced.  As with many nations, Switzerland is blessed with abundant hydropower, wind, biomass and solar potential.  The European grid will enable the 24/7 trade of any excess production with their neighbors. 

Scotland is another nation that’s committing to 100% renewable energy by 2020. 

This summer, GENI has 40 interns from around the world conducting research on the renewable energy potential of each OECD country.  Our challenge for them: Could their country transition to 100% renewable energy in 10 years if required?  What are the costs and benefits, the raw materials required, and jobs created? 

Last month we announced our move to our new location in downtown San Diego.  We moved on June 1st and invite you to visit and see how we leverage your support to accelerate this initiative globally.

Our new address:  1088 3rd Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
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In partnership for the planet,

Peter Meisen
Peter Meisen


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