D e c e m b e r  2 0 1 3 — Volume 21, Issue 12
The GENI-us Letter

The Renewable Plan: from 20% to 80% by 2050

Dear GENI Friend,

For years we have shown you the enormous renewable energy potential of our planet. Using just 3-4% of the land area would allow us to capture enough solar and wind energy to power the entire global electricity demand. GENI has published 2 dozen reports on how individual nations could be 100% renewable when they commit the political will. There is no lack of renewable potential!

Percentage of Electricity from Renewable Sources in 2012Five regions comprise 50% of global population and 62% of global GDP: United States, Russia, China, India and the European Union. They all use fossil fuels and nuclear power for 70-88% of their present electricity demand.

These 5 regions must lead this energy revolution, or all humanity will suffer the dire consequences of climate change.

To meet the 2oC target set by the G20 and IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), we must reduce the fossil and nuclear share from 80% to 20%, and increase the renewable share from 20% to 80%.

This is a massive change in new energy development and power delivery. To meet the 80% renewable goal, we advocate that all new power development be from renewables starting now. As we phase out the older, polluting coal and nuclear plants, we recommend replacement by new renewable energy resources and smart grids.

There is no time to waste. Climate scientists are saying we are now completely off track," as most projections assume that fossil fuel usage will grow along with population. Sustainable advocate Lester Brown has called for a mobilization similar to the WWII, shifting the 5 regions' industrial base to clean energy development. The pain of climate change is already upon us so it's time we build a new vision the Renewable Plan.

Happy Holidays,

Peter MeisenGENI's 25th Anniversary Seal -- 1987-2012
Peter Meisen

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