EU Advisor, Jeremy Rifkin, to Deliver Keynote at GridWeek 2008 Calling for the US to Move Into a Third Industrial Revolution

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Jeremy Rifkin will deliver the Keynote Address at the Opening Plenary Session of GridWeek 2008 on Tuesday September 23rd at 10:00 AM EST. Mr. Rifkin will call for the United States to Lead the Way to a Third Industrial Revolution and a New Sustainable Energy Vision for the World in the 21st Century. Leaders from America's premiere power and utility companies, IT companies, and representatives of government will be attending the week-long conference.

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Jeremy Rifkin to Deliver the Keynote Address at the Opening Plenary Session of GridWeek 2008, on Tuesday, September 23rd at 10:00 AM EST*

Mr. Rifkin Will Call for the United States to help Lead the Way to a Third Industrial Revolution and a New Sustainable Energy Vision for the World in the 21st Century

Mr. Rifkin, a Principal Advisor to the European Union on Economic Development, Energy Security and Climate Change Policy, says that "We Need to Transform the American Power Grid into a Smart Electricity Network to Allow Millions of Americans to Produce and Share Energy, Just as They Now Create and Share Information on the Internet."

Washington, DC-- Jeremy Rifkin will deliver the Keynote Address at the Opening Plenary Session of GridWeek 2008 on Tuesday September 23rd at 10:00 AM EST. Mr. Rifkin will call for the United States to Lead the Way to a Third Industrial Revolution and a New Sustainable Energy Vision for the World in the 21st Century. Leaders from America's premiere power and utility companies, IT companies, and representatives of government will be attending the week-long conference.

Mr. Rifkin says, "We are on the cusp of a new energy era and a new economic paradigm that will literally "empower" hundreds of millions of human beings to create their own energy and share their surpluses with neighbors across regions, nations and continents. The democratization of energy gives rise to a new Distributed Energy Vision in the 21st century that will change our economic, cultural and political institutions as dramatically as the Enlightenment vision that accompanied the first industrial revolution two centuries ago."

According to Mr. Rifkin, "the same design principles and smart technologies that made possible the internet and vast "distributed" global communication networks, are just beginning to be used to reconfigure the world's power grids so that people can produce renewable energy and share it peer-to-peer, just like they now produce and share information, creating a new, decentralized form of energy use."

Mr. Rifkin says, "We need to envision a future in which millions of individuals can collect and produce locally generated renewable energy in their homes, offices, factories, and vehicles, store that energy in the form of hydrogen, and share their power generation with each other across a continent-wide intelligent intergrid."

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