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Largest Renewable Energy Event held in Bonn, Germany

Dear GENI Friend,

Earlier this month we participated in the International Conference on Renewable Energies, hosted by German Chancellor Gerhard Schroder. Having promised this two years ago at the Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development, the German Government organized a pivotal event to accelerate renewable energy development. (See www.renewables2004.de for complete results)

The conference was attended by delegates from 154 nations, 200+ media, numerous NGOs — totaling over 3000 participants. Organized very much like a United Nations event, we saw nation after nation make commitments to renewable energy targets, provide tax incentives, and shift investment from fossil fuels into the renewable sector. Over 190 Action Projects were pledged by financial institutions (like the development banks), national governments (eg. China Is Going Green), and international institutions and corporations.

I believe that history will call Bonn the "tipping point" for renewable energy on our planet.

GENI's recent newsletter, "Best Renewable Energy Policies from around the World" was a popular document, providing the policy-makers with a guide for what they can do at local, state and national governments. There was a keen awareness that transmission access was the critical link for many renewable resources. The best solar radiation, geothermal or wind resources are often far from our cities — requiring power grids to transmit the electricity from the distant resource for our use.

My most interesting conversation was with the Energy Minister of Afghanistan. I asked him what he needed and why he was at the Bonn conference. He answered: "we need everything: power plants, renewables, wires, substations, engineers, financial assistance — everything." It was a sobering reply, as he related that most Afghan citizens had no electrical services for lighting, pumping water or refrigeration. They are the reason we do this work and I thank you for your support.

Please vote with your dollars by contributing to the sustainability of our planet.

In partnership for the planet,

Peter Meisen


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The Global Energy Network Institute focuses on the interconnection of electric power networks between nations and continents, with an emphasis on tapping abundant renewable energy resources. This strategy is the highest priority of the World Game simulation developed by Dr. Buckminster Fuller three decades ago.

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