Global RE Partnership Gains Three Countries

Canada, Mexico and South Korea have joined the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP).The three countries announced their membership on March 16th at the Energy and Environment Ministers Roundtable held in London.

The REEEP is a global partnership of governments, businesses, and NGOs that was launched at the World Summit for Sustainable Development in 2002. The group structures policy initiatives for clean energy markets, and facilitates financing for energy projects throughout the world. Dr. Marianne Osterkorn, International Director of the REEEP said the new members would help the organization to further expand their global, geographic reach. “Canada, Mexico and South Korea each bring experience in the application of renewable and efficient energy to the needs of their own economies,” Osterkorn. “Moreover, their particular experience of what policy and financing structures are required to promote renewables will be of great value in terms of building capacity when shared with other partners around the world.” Mexico is looking to accelerate the regulatory and legal changes necessary to encourage the incorporation of renewable energies into its national energy policy, and to expand energy efficiency. Mexico has asked the REEEP to use the experience of its partners to assist with the development of methodologies to determine the contribution of intermittent renewable energies, such as wind power, to the Mexican national grid system. This work should enable the expansion of wind generation in Mexico and has potential for replication in other countries which are members of the REEEP. The REEEP is currently assisting Mexico ascertain the potential of CDM credits for biogas projects in the agricultural sector. “Mexico is looking to foster capacity building and to disseminate the benefits of clean energy technologies through its cooperation with other REEEP members,” said Fernando Elizondo Barragan, Mexican Secretary for Energy. “Determining the potential contribution of wind power, will enable us to take advantage of the world first class wind resources with which Mexico is endowed. It will also help Mexico to improve energy security and to promote sustainable development.” Canada’s Environment Minister, the Honourable Stephane Dion, said that the REEEP network would enable Canadian businesses and researchers to cooperate internationally in creating and commercializing clean energy technologies and practices. “We shall put these innovations into action to cut emissions of greenhouse gases,” said Minister Dion. REEEP is funded by seven countries: Austria, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States, and the European Commission.
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