The following article was provided by a senior Chinese journalist resident in Seoul for publication by The Korea Post media.—Ed.
By Li Ning from People's Daily
The Beijing-headquartered Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO), the first China-initiated international energy organ, released three reports on its research findings on Wednesday, depicting a vision of a green, low-carbon, interconnected and shared energy community around the globe.
In the three documents, namely White Paper on Global Energy Interconnection Development Strategy, Technology and Prospects for Cross-regional Power Networks and Global Energy Interconnection Development and Outlook 2017, the organization shared the strategic system, ideas and roadmap for global energy interconnection.
The idea of building a “Global Energy Interconnection (GEI)” was first put forward by Chinese President Xi Jinping at the UN Sustainable Development Summit on September 26, 2015. Xi's proposal, with an aim to facilitate efforts to meet the global power demand with clean and green energy alternatives, was widely echoed by the international community.
The GEIDCO, founded last March upon China’s initiative, has received its first 80 members from Asia, Europe, Africa, America and Oceania.
The fusion of energy network, together with information network and transportation network, is regarded as a new trend of the world, but the progress of former one lagged behind after the latter two.
According to plans, the GEI foresees a global smart ultra-high-voltage grid connecting power providers and consumers worldwide with clean energy across national boundaries. It is also designed to serve as a basic platform for extensive development, deployment and utilization of clean energy.
In a bid to realize the UN’s goal of “Sustainable Energy for All”, the GEI is expected to be attained by the middle of the century, in three steps of domestic, intracontinental and intercontinental interconnection.
Liu Zhenya, chairman of the GEIDCO, stressed that global energy interconnection will promote a new way for energy production and consumption guided and featured by clean energy and high degree of electrification.
Meanwhile, a new energy development pattern should be formed, Liu suggested, explaining that in the new pattern, the power system will be shared within countries and continents and the global electric power allocation will be optimized.
He also urged the world to establish a new mutually beneficial energy cooperation relationship with joint efforts and shared fruits.
Liu called for an accelerated technology-driven innovative development in GEI progress as well, saying that innovation harvests in sectors like big data, Internet of Things, automatic drive and car networking should be reaped as soon as possible.