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Washington Launch

Overcoming the Economic Crisis with Renewable Energies:

Policies and Infrastructures for Green Power Investments

23 April 2009, Washington

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About this event

Electricity generation is the single largest source of CO_2 emissions in the U.S. with almost 40 percent of total CO_2 emissions. A transition towards a more sustainable electricity supply is therefore critical, yet it will require both a significant increase in renewable energies and the adoption of highly integrated, efficient transmission grids equipped with smart technologies. As nations on both sides of the Atlantic shape their responses to the global financial and economic crisis, stimulus programs offer a unique opportunity to catalyze this transformation. How can full access to transmission grids be ensured for electricity generated from renewable energies? How can smart grid technologies address the challenges of base and peak load management? What lessons can be learned from renewable energy policies in Europe, and what institutions have been successful in promoting large scale deployment of renewable energy sources?

In addition to addressing these questions the new report "Building the 21st Century Transmission Super Grid" [pdf, 1.25 MB, English] by the Heinrich Böll Stiftung and the American Council on Renewable Energies will be launched at the event. A light lunch will be served.

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This event is co-sponsored by the Heinrich Boell Foundation North America and the
Ecologic Institute
, Berlin Brussels Vienna Washington DC

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