What events do you think will have to take place, in the environment, in society,
etc., in order for world leaders to build an international electricity grid?
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There may be several factors that move leaders
to act: emergencies or breakdowns in the system,
opportunities to preserve national capital and resources,
climatic events, even one's stature as a statesman.
International and national events play an important
role in helping leaders make the decisions that
will enable the grid to be built.
The completion of a civil or regional war may allow
critical interconnection projects to proceed. Catastrophic
natural disasters will usually result in devastation
to a region, and the rebuilding process will often
create an upgraded network. Mass demonstrations
helped bring down the Berlin Wall, and months later
the engineers were connecting power grids between
east and western Europe. The triggering mechanism
may vary, but solid economic projects seem to ultimately
In most cases, the engineers will identify an interconnection
that makes economic sense between the two nations.
This plan will be studied by the state departments
and analyzed by the financial community. If all
parties can agree that the link will be mutually
beneficial, it can then move forward.
All of the world's existing government leaders
have received information about the GENI project
newsletters, UN conferences and global
energy meetings since 1991.
In the early 1990s there were 50 nations that had
bilateral trade of electricity. Today there are
100 nations who trade electricity across borders.
That's a doubling of bilateral cooperation in just
15 years. Many more interconnections are in the
planning stages as most nations seek the benefits
that come from high voltage links.