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Best Renewable Energy Policies on the Planet

Dear GENI Friend,

All of us complain about "the government" and the bureaucracy that clogs the system. It's easy to blame "them" for the problems of society — and it allows us to remain unaccountable. After all, if you're not involved, you're not responsible.

GENI takes a different tack. We conduct research and educate policy-makers who make our laws. What they need are ideas, information and solutions that will improve the general welfare of their constituents. The enclosed article, authored by Sara Kamins and myself, on "Public Renewable Energy Call to Action" provides that kind of support. It was recently published in the Power Engineering magazine and can be found on-line at www.power-eng.com.

What can these officials do to accelerate renewable energy development? They have many options. They can set renewable portfolio standards, which provide a target for renewable energy production in a city, state or country. Policy-makers can offer tax credits or incentive programs to encourage new development of renewable resources. Corporate fuel economy (CAFÉ) standards can be set. Government agencies are large energy users and can commit to purchasing renewable energy from a provider in their region. These programs will help jumpstart the renewable energy sector.

The attached article summarizes a few of these options. GENI has recently published our latest newsletter, "Best Renewable Energy Policies from Around the World" which expands on these action plans for federal, state and local officials. Progressive policy-making is the trimtab to accelerating renewables in the next few years. We need your help in getting this message around the world. Please share it with your mayor, governor, congressman and energy minister.

Please contribute to the sustainability of our planet — vote with your dollars and support GENI.

In partnership for the planet,

Peter Meisen


p.s. The 2004 Matching Grant Program from our GENI Board is continuing, so all new contributions will be doubled! Call or e-mail for details.

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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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