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Global renewable energy resources offer abundant opportunities for providing clean and sustainable energy for everyone. They are the answer to imminent fossil fuel shortages affecting electric power, heating and transportation needs.

Looking at these maps you will discover the abundance of renewable energy resources all over the world. Great potentials for solar, wind, geothermal, hydro, ocean and bioenergy can be found on every continent. Deserts can provide solar energy on an enormous scale, coasts in the temperate zones offer huge potential for wind energy, great geothermal energy resources are located along the circum-Pacific "Ring of Fire", mountainous countries with sufficient rainfall offer high potential for hydropower, along the coastlines ocean power (wave and tidal) can be generated and subtropical regions feature a large resource of bioenergy.

The technical potential for the utilization of renewable energy is nearly 20 times greater than current global energy demand. Yet, today renewable energy only provides 17% of the world's primary energy needs and traditional renewable energy use (biomass and large hydro) make up the greater share (9% and 5.7% respectively). New renewables such as wind and solar provide only 2% of total global primary energy consumption. (IEA) (1)

Jeremy Leggett argues that power generated by solar photovoltaics could provide 10,000 times more energy than the world currently uses. (2)
According to Hermann Scheer, General Chairman of the WCRE, the renewable energy supply potential for our planet is 15,000 times as great as the annual consumption of nuclear and fossil energy. (3)

The efficient deployment of these renewable resources requires a removal of trade and investment barriers between countries. The goal is the electrical interconnection of regions with abundant renewable resources to those nations with the highest consumption.

"The Stone Age didn't end because we ran out of stones. It ended because there were better ideas about how to meet society's needs. Similarly, the end of our current 'oil age' won't end because we run out of oil - even though that is quite possible in the next 30 years. It will end because we have better ways to meet our energy needs. Those better ways exist now, are proven, cost-effective and have multiple benefits to ... society."
-- Amory Lovins, Rocky Mountain Institute

(1) http://www.iea-retd.org/library/Renewable%20Energy%20for%20Dummies.pdf
(2) http://www.solarcentury.com/
(3) http://www.renewableenergyaccess.com/rea/news/story?id=19012

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