Recently, Liu Zhenya, Chairman of Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO), paid a visit to Italy. On issues like developing GEI and promoting energy transition and clean development in Europe, he exchanged ideas and reached consensus with the executives, persons in charge, and industrial experts from energy and power-related enterprises, research institutes, and institutions of higher learning.
Developing GEI will blaze a new path for coping with common challenges facing sustainable human development, such as resource shortage, climate change, environmental pollution, and health poverty, and offer a comprehensive solution that is calculable, quantitative and scaleable, noted Liu Zhenya. Based on UHV technology with long-distance transmission, large capacity, and low line loss, it is possible to realize large-scale allocation of clean energy in a transnational and transcontinental manner. Conditions for the developing of GEI have been met. With its prime location, Italy is an important hub for power grid interconnection in Mediterranean countries, and a key passage to realize power grid interconnection in Europe and Africa. GEI is ready to work with all partners to accelerate the development of clean energy, intensify transnational power grid interconnection, and push for the investment and construction of key projects, so as to realize clean, safe, and economic development of energy and power in Italy and Europe at large.
Relevant parties in Italy have highly recognized and offered active support to the building of GEI. Paolo Carnevale, Executive Director of Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM), Italy, noted that it is an ambitious, creative initiative to use the disparities among countries in time zones, seasons, and resources to realize transnational and transcontinental energy and power transmission. He would like to cooperate with GEIDCO in scientific research, policy consulting, and other fields, to jointly push for the innovative development of GEI. Fabio Ignazio Romeo, Board Member, the Corporate Strategy &Development Officer of Prysmian Group, Italy, said that the corporate target and R&D fields of Prysmian echo with the concept of GEI. Prysmian plans to invest more in the research of submarine cable and other technology, seeking for earlier breakthroughs to meet the needs of grid interconnection. Giuliano Noci, Deputy Rector of Politecnico di Milano, noted that as GEI is included into the Belt and Road Initiative, Italy has also joined this Initiative. Based on the sound Italy-China cooperation, He hoped to tap into Politecnico di Milano's advantages in engineering technology, energy, and other fields to launch joint research on GEI with GEIDCO. Corrado Clini, former Italian Minister of the Environment, said that the development of GEI requires the joint endeavors of all countries.He will make active efforts to promote the important role of GEI in coping with climate change, ensuring energy security, and other aspects among relevant parties in Italy and greater Europe, so as to contribute to green, low-carbon development worldwide. Tullio Fanelli, Deputy Director-General of Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA),noted that the Agency pays great attention to technical innovation and application in low-carbon, green fields, and he hoped to leverage the research strength of the Agency to implement GEI in more European countries. Carlo Crea, Head of Institutional Affairs at Terna, the Italian Transmission System Operator, and Vice-President of Med-TSO, the Association of the Mediterranean Transmission System Operators for Electricity, presented Terna’s 2019-2023 strategic plan illustrating its involvement in the realization of the energy transition through a set of measures such as but not limited to, building new and resilient infrastructure in Italy and abroad (especially in the Mediterranean), pushing for further digitization of the electricity sector and exploring innovative solutions. Furthermore, he said that Terna acknowledges the efforts made by GEIDCO and as a member of it, welcomes a deeper involvement in its activities.