Global Energy Network Institute (GENI) is a tax exempt, IRS Sec
501(c)(3), organization in the United States of America. We conduct
research and educational activities related to the international
and inter-regional transmission of electricity, with a specific
emphasis on tapping abundant local and remote renewable energy
resources. With the increased awareness of climate change, growing
energy demand, renewable resource solutions and smart technology
over the past 3 years, GENI's Strategic Position and Activities
have expanded as well.
Integrated resource usage is currently limited
without interconnections and high voltage transmission.
Our research to date finds that, using today's
technology, the interconnection of large scale
renewable resource energy is an economic and
environmentally sustainable solution.
In considering the decision making processes
of the global electricity industry, our position
for the past 20 years has been that there exist
three areas of activity that would accelerate
the attainment of optimal sustainable energy
First, we have said that the industry needs
to be convinced that interconnection of renewable
energy sources via high voltage transmission
networks is a financially compelling, reliable,
secure, and highly desirable forward energy option.
In the United States and in many other regions
of the world, this awareness is now established
and numerous projects are being financed and
developed. We continue to work in this area.
Second, we have said that the general public
and their representative organizations need to
be aware of sustainable global energy options.
A major shift has occurred over the last 3 years
(since 2006) as witnessed by the surge in websites,
public campaigns advocating renewable energy
use and smart technology, and important policy
changes favoring the use of renewables. We continue
our endeavors in this area.
Third, we have said that our policy makers
need to be aware of global, sustainable energy
options when determining their regional policy
direction and legislation. This awareness is
growing, especially with the public's support,
and we will continue to encourage clean energy
and energy efficiency policies until such policies
are commensurate with the need.
In addition to these long standing areas of
focus, we now have three new strategic areas
that we think will also accelerate the attainment
of optimal energy solutions:
First, given the interconnected nature of our
highly complex global issues, what is needed
is a place for face-to-face decision-making where
global leaders from business, governments, education
and NGOs can meet in cooperation and collaboration
(outside their specialized silos) to make informed
and sustainable choices for humanity as a whole
in the shortest possible time. A state-of-the-art
facility is needed that can access the inventory
of world resources where guests could visualize
and analyze historical and projected trends,
study best practices and identify solutions to
current and anticipated problems.
Second, we recognize that we live in a world
driven by money, the marketplace and by investment.
Moving renewable energy to the market place requires
a massive shift of investment from fossil fuel
to the renewable, cleantech sectors.
Third, current realities make it clear that
in the next decades 'the grid' will not reach
rural areas where most of the 1.6 billion people
of the world (25% of humanity) live without electricity.
These people live on less than $1 per day, most
of them just surviving. There is a clear and
documented relationship between a livable standard
of living and access to electricity - whether
delivered via an electric power grid or a stand