cover of power grid interconnections publication Multi Dimensional Issues in International Power Grid Interconnections

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Executive Summary
1. Introduction
2. Technical Aspects of Grid Interconnection
3. Economic and Financial Impacts of Grid Interconnection
4. Legal Aspects of Grid Interconnection
5. Political Aspects of Grid Interconnection
6. Social Aspects of Grid Interconnection
7. Environmental Aspects of Grid Interconnection
8. International Grid Interconnections and Energy Security
9. Conclusions and Recommendations for Follow-up
Appendices (acronym and annotated bibliography)

Electricity trade among countries is growing, enhancing security of supply and contributing to the achievement of sustainable development goals. The Johannesburg Plan of Implementation (JPOI) adopted at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in 2002, calls for action to [s]trengthen and facilitate, as appropriate, regional cooperation arrangements for promoting cross-border energy trade, including the interconnection of electricity gridsE Especially in regions where energy resources are unevenly distributed, such as Africa, international power grid interconnection is a topic of particular relevance.

This publication addresses the multiple benefits to be gained from international electric power grid interconnections. It examines the technical, economic, legal, political, social and environmental issues associated with electricity interconnections.

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23 February 2007