From April 15-21 (local time), Mr. Liu Zhenya, Chairman of the Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO), Chairman of China Electricity Council (CEC) and Member of Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, paid visits to the United States and Canada. He was invited to give a public lecture on Global Energy Interconnection (GEI) hosted by Harvard University, and to make a keynote speech at Global Energy Interconnection: Clean, Low-Carbon Development forum jointly hosted by the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) and the Province of Ontario. Liu held meetings or in-depth exchanges with the Edison Electric Institute(EEI), the MIT Energy Initiative, Boston University (BU), the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA).
Chairman Liu Made a Keynote Speech at Harvard University
In the afternoon of April 17 (Boston time), a public lecture on GEI was held at Wasserstein Hall of Harvard University Law School, with nearly 300 attendees ranging from well-known scholars of research organizations such as Harvard, MIT, and BU, to teachers and students. Notable scholars in attendance include Vice President of Harvard University Leah Rosovsky, and Harvard-China Project Chairman and tenure professor at Harvard University Michael B. McElroy, who is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Science and Royal Irish Academy of Arts and Science. In his keynote speech, Liu emphasized that GEI is a clean, electricity-centered, interconnected, and shared modern energy system. GEI is composed of power grids at multiple levels and is a platform for large-scale development, transmission, and use of clean energy resources(including centralized and distributed generation) from wind, solar, and hydropower. This platform will help decrease global dependence on fossil energy and achieve a clean, sustainable development. GEI has been incorporated into the implementation of the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and is line with climate change and environmental protection actions. The GEI Backbone Grid Research, GEI Development Index 2018, GEI Technology and Equipment Innovation Outline 2018-2025, and GEI Standard System Research 2018 recently released by GEIDCO have provided a package of plans and action roadmap for the implementation of GEI, making it a practical, systematic project.
The public lecture at Harvard University was a huge success with active responses from the audience for the development of GEI. Professor Michael B. McElroy said that GEI is a far-sighted initiative and have bright prospects. McElroy further hoped that China could continue to make further contributions in clean energy transformation and climate change solutions, and would like to carry out extensive cooperation with GEIDCO. Mr. Bruce Hill, CEO of Viridity, a US energy consulting firm, said that GEI connects countries and continents through the power grid and shares clean energy. This not only effectively solves environmental pollution, but also balances resource deficiencies between regions. Harvard University website reported on the lecture, saying that GEI is of great importance in terms of how to produce and share energy, as well as how to better understand and harness potential and demand of energy interconnection. GEI will enable renewable energy to be shared among consumers around the world at a lower cost.
Chairman Liu met with the Edison Electric Institute
In the conference activities and discussions, Mr. Thomas R. Kuhn, President of EEI observed that GEI is a grand vision and is crucial to green sustainable development. Dejan Ostojic, head of the World Bank's energy project, expressed that the World Bank is promoting interconnected power projects in areas such as Central Asia-South Asia, China-Myanmar-Mongolia, and Europe in hopes to strengthen cooperation with GEIDCO and improve research in areas such as transnational financial networking and energy market construction to establish a mature international power trading platform. According to Sarah Ladislaw, Director of the Energy and National Security Program at the US Center for Strategic and International Studies, based on the success of the information network, GEI will become the platform and system for global energy trading. Dr. Andrew Steer, President and CEO of the World Resources Institute (WRI), expressed his admiration for China’s leadership in the R&D and application of UHV transmission technologies and energy transformation. He highly endorsed China's policies on climate change issues and hoped to cooperate extensively with GEIDCO to promote the construction of infrastructure such as the GEI and change the direction of world energy development by meeting electricity demands.
Professor Robert Armstrong，Director of MIT Energy Initiative, who is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering, highly endorsed GEI. He expressed his hopes to strengthen exchanges and research cooperation, work together to promote technological innovation and application, energy use efficiency, and green, low-carbon development while mitigate fossil energy pollution. Gloria Waters, Vice President and Associate Provost for Research of BU expressed the hope that both sides could collaborate in the GEI theories and technological innovation, interdisciplinary research, and personnel training to produce new research results. Peter Fox Penner, Professor of BU and director of the BU Institute for Sustainable Energy, expressed that UHV is an important world-recognized achievement in power technology. He also expressed his hopes to conduct collaborative research with GEIDCO in the areas of renewable energy transition and power electrification in both the U.S. And China to promote breakthroughs in GEI. Mr. Sergio Marchi, President and CEO of Canadian Electricity Association and former Minister of the Ministry of the Environment and Trade expressed that electrical energy has become a pillar industry in Canada; as Canada is faced with trends and opportunities of clean energy development, it must increase investments in the upgrading of grid infrastructure. He is willing to sign a memorandum with GEIDCO and China Electricity Council(CEC).Han Dong , Member of Provincial Parliament, Trinity-Spadina, Ontario, expressed that GEI has created a blueprint for the world. Ontario is the first province in North America to achieve zero-coal power generation. He hopes to learn from China's experience in combating climate change and jointly promote clean, green development.
During the visit, the delegation also had exchange with experts and professors such as Donald Sadoway, John F.Eliott Professor of Material Chemistry of MIT and BU professor Cutler Cleveland, and listened to their introduction on the recent progress made in energy storage technologies, non-carbon technologies, and other fields of research. The delegation also visited the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) of Ontario.