Renewable Energy Alliance calls for G8 action

The International Renewable Energy Alliance (IREA) called on leaders of the Group of Eight summit, meeting July 15-17 in St. Petersburg, to establish frameworks to accelerate the deployment of renewable energy technologies in the industrialized G8 nations.

�Global warming and security of supply demand serious attention to the deployment of existing renewable energy technologies,� Peter Rae, convenor of the IREA, said in a statement issued July 14. �Additional attention and funding needs to be spent on research into the further development of the technologies to tap the full potential of the full range of these technologies and to further reduce the cost of production.�

IREA, an alliance of the International Hydropower Association, the International Solar Energy Society, and the World Wind Energy Association, said the lack of a level playing field often makes it impossible for renewable energies to compete in international energy markets.

The group said the G8 leaders, representing the United States, Russia, Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, and Japan, have the scope of influence to create fair market conditions for renewables.

�New frameworks and dedicated institutions need to be created to make sure that the necessary financial, technological, and knowledge-based resources for the accelerated implementation of renewable energy are available,� IREA said.

Greens: G8 falls short on climate change, nuclear energy

Environmental advocacy groups said the G8 leaders failed to take seriously the problems of climate change and the dangers of nuclear energy.

The G8 summit issued a statement that acknowledged divisions among the world’s top economies on those issues. But the statement said the six members who favor nuclear energy see it as a key to energy security and as a clean form of power that can help slow global warming.

Alice Slater, president of the GRACE Policy Institute, said it was time to focus on �green� renewable sources of energy, namely solar, wind, and hydropower, to stop the climate from changing for the worse.

�People don’t get told the story that these things are possible, that the sun, water, and wind can work,� Slater said, pointing to hydro- and geothermal-rich Iceland, which she said has pledged to rely 100 percent on renewable energy by 2050.

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