• L. to r.: Christian Plüss (Alpiq, Head of Hydropower Generation Unit); Stefan Linder (Alpiq, Head of Technology and Innovation); Pierre Epars (BG, General Manager, Energy & Buildings); Nicolas Crettenand (BG, Director Africa)
    Arnold Schwarzenegger and his R20 alliance to develop energy projects with Alpiq and BG
  • L. to r.: Nicolas Crettenand (BG, Director Africa); Pierre Epars (BG, General Manager, Energy & Buildings); Christophe Nuttall (CEO R20); Christian Plüss (Alpiq, Head of Technology and Innovation); Terry Tamminen (Counsellor R20); Stefan Linder (Alpiq, Head of Technology and Innovation)
    Arnold Schwarzenegger and his R20 alliance to develop energy projects with Alpiq and BG

Arnold Schwarzenegger and his R20 alliance to develop energy projects with Alpiq and BG

Published on 03.07.2017

Alpiq and the Swiss engineering consultant BG Consulting Engineers signed a memorandum of understanding with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s «R20 Regions of Climate Action» alliance during R20’s Austrian World Summit in June 2017. The three partners will jointly develop sustainable energy projects, primarily in developing and emerging countries.

Many developing and emerging countries suffer from an underdeveloped or even inexistent electricity supply infrastructure, which represents one of the main pillars for economic development. Quite often, there is even a lack of funds for feasibility studies for infrastructure development projects. In this pre-investment phase, R20, Alpiq and BG will contribute to the realization of energy projects that use renewable energy sources, such as solar, hydropower, wind, and biomass. Beside the climate protection aspects, an additional advantage of such projects is that they relieve the financial burden that expensive fossil fuels place on economically weak regions.

The R20 alliance and its network consisting of cities and regions worldwide, have identified more than 400 infrastructure project opportunities that are in line with the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. The majority of these projects are located in Africa. The objective of the partners will be to establish a pre-investment structure for projects in the areas of renewable energy and energy efficiency. This structure will enable the most promising project proposals to be selected and technical and economic feasibility studies to be carried out. BG and Alpiq will be responsible for conducting these studies that will also focus on the sustainable operation and maintenance of the new infrastructures. The financing and implementation of the projects will be the organised by R20 and its associated investor groups. Furthermore, R20 will also assume the role of coordinator between the local, regional and national authorities and the project developers.

Alpiq and BG are proud to be able to contribute, together with R20, towards environmental protection and the economic development of selected emerging countries.


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