The Global Grid: Cooperation for Sustainability

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Abstract
The world today faces four faceted energy challenges of supply, security, access and de-carbonization. In a highly interdependent world where renewable energy is becoming an increasing part of the global energy mix, this paper proposes global energy connectivity as an important part of the solution. We analyse the technical and political aspects of energy connectivity and present several case studies to be referred to by policy makers as they prepare for global energy connectivity.

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As the world takes small steps towards the Global Grid, we need to learn from the experiences of past attempts at Grid Connectivity. Wildly varying state and national level policies and interests expose connectivity projects, investors and entrepreneurs to political attacks and cost and schedule unpredictability.

Associations of countries and platforms such as ESCAP and ASEAN need to lay down protocols around how transmission services and energy will be traded. A stable political environment needs to be established along with a joint commitment towards energy connectivity

The Global Grid, if taken seriously by policy makers can become a worthy competitor for the considerable investments being made currently in large scale energy storage, as a solution to demand and supply variability.

Given India’s leadership in the Indian subcontinent and its commitment to renewable energy and to mitigating climate change, we are confident that India will take a leadership position in an endeavour towards building The Global Grid.

This paper was presented to India’s Hon. Minister of State for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines, Sh. Piyush Goyal,  at the 8th World Renewable Energy Technology Congress held in New Delhi from the 21st to 23rd August 2017.

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