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Worldwatch Institute
MAY 13, 2004
12:57 PM
CONTACT: Worldwatch Institute
Heather Wilson 202-452-1992 ext. 540
Worldwatch Institute to Launch New Study on Renewable Energy

WASHINGTON - May 13 - WHAT: Renewable Power: On the Brink of an Energy Revolution?

-- Preview of the International Conference for Renewable Energies-renewables 2004-in Bonn, Germany, June 1 - 4, 2004.

-- Launch of new Worldwatch study: Mainstreaming Renewable Energy in the 21st Century.


-- Mohamed T. El-Ashry, former CEO and Chairman, Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and Chairman, renewables 2004

-- Christopher Flavin, president, Worldwatch Institute

-- David Hales, president, DFH Global and Chair, Bonn Multi- Stakeholders Forum

-- Wolfgang Ischinger, German Ambassador to the United States

-- Paul Maycock, president, Photovoltaic Energy Systems

-- Chris O'Brien, vice president, Strategy and Government Relations, Sharp Solar

-- Dan Reicher, president, New Energy Capital, former Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (invited)

-- Janet Sawin, research associate, Worldwatch Institute

WHEN: Wednesday, May 19, 9 - 11 a.m.

WHERE: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Root Room

EMBARGO: Mainstreaming Renewable Energy in the 21st Century is embargoed until Wednesday, May 19, at 6 p.m. EDT (2200 GMT)

RSVP/CONTACT: Heather Wilson,, Tel: 202-452-1992 ext. 540, Fax: 202-296-7365

FOCUS: In the first week of June, government ministers, technology experts, business executives, and non-governmental leaders from around the world will convene in Bonn, Germany for renewables 2004 ( ), a major inter- governmental conference on renewable energy. This event, to be hosted by German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, aims to accelerate the technological and economic momentum that is already pushing wind, solar, and bioenergy toward the mainstream of today's energy systems.

On May 19, Worldwatch will launch a new study, Mainstreaming Renewable Energy in the 21st Century ( ) by Janet Sawin. This timely report addresses and offers answers to many of the same issues that will be debated in Bonn. These include how to overcome barriers to the development and diffusion of renewable technologies and what policies are effective in advancing their use.

Worldwatch has assembled a prestigious panel of experts who will shed light on the significance of this historical Bonn conference. They will preview the conference's goals and expected outcomes, discuss global market trends and technology advances, as well as reflect on issues raised within Sawin's new study.


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