On September 15th, Liu Zhenya, president of SGCC, attended the Congress of World-Energy Council held in Montreal, Canada. The theme of this year's congress was "Responding Now to Global Challenges", with discussions focusing on the worldwide energy reform. During the congress, Liu Zhenya gave a keynote speech titled "Strong and Smart Grid: the Driving Force to Energy Reform in the 21st Century".
In his presentation, Mr. Liu pointed out that, energy supply, energy security, energy efficiency and environment problems have become increasingly pressing since the beginning of the 21st century. To tackle these challenges and realize the sustainable energy development as well as to meet the social, environmental and financial needs, a new round of energy reform is going on worldwide, marked by the development of clean energy and smart grid.
The energy reform is multi-structured in terms of energy forms, intensified in its development scale, focused on electrification and driven by smart applications.
Based on the features of China's energy structure and the current trends of economical growth, SGCC proposed the strategy of building a strong and smart grid.
It has three distinguished features: first, a strong and smart grid is an integration of strong grid and smart technologies; second, a strong and smart grid is a highly coordinated, efficient and interconnected system; third, a strong and smart grid is a new public service platform in the modern society. Through consistent innovations, the overall size, energy distributing ability, technology and management level of SGCC are all upgraded to a new height, said Liu.
By 2020, a strong and smart grid that is safe, reliable and interactive will be established, with a UHV synchronous grid at its center and featuring coordinated development of UHV AC/DC grids and power grids at different levels between power grids at different levels and wide-range, large-scale, high-efficiency allocation of energy resources.
The grid will play a more and more important role in social and economic development, energy restructuring and addressing climate change.
The speech received vigorous reactions from the audience and conjured up a series of heated discussions on topics including strong and smart grid, ultra high voltage power transmission, new energy and electric automobiles development.
The World Energy Council (WEC) was established in 1924. It is the largest non-governmental organization in the world's energy industry with a membership of 94. The purpose of WEC is to promote a sustainable supply and consumption of energy, analyze the relationships between the energy industry and national economy, research in fields such as energy exploitation and environment protection, balance the energy and economy development policies on the international stage and is well known for its objective and authoritative reports, analysis as well as case studies on energy projects and strategies.
China joined WEC in 1983 and set up a WEC China national committee consisting of 16 ministries and companies. The World Energy Congress was held every three years and this year's congress has drawn 5000 representatives among which 3500 are governmental, institutional and other high-level decision makers.
During the congress, Liu Zhenya also met with the chairman of WEC, Quebec Minister of Economy and Trade and other international counterparts.
Source: Department of International Cooperation