politics, electrical connections, national boundaries, political hurdles, education, awareness,
letter writing, publications, Berlin Wall, politicians, Leipzig, Poland
Certainly many of the political hurdles are difficult.
Yet, half of the nations in the world now trade
electricity with a neighbor nation. This is double
the number of just 12 years ago.
Border connections that seemed impossible have
now been linked: Israel to Jordan, Spain to Morrocco,
and the East/West German link of 1990. Today, projects
are progressing in Central America, the Persian
Gulf, the ASEAN network, ECOWAS, the South African
Development Council, plus all nations of South America.
In fact, between 1998 and 2000, the energy ministers
of Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America pledged
to work towards grid interconnection on each continent
as quickly as possible.
The mission of GENI is education first. Politicians
didn't bring the Berlin wall down. It was half a
million people in the streets of Leipzig and Poland
before that. Once people become aware that there
is a better solution than what they've been doing
in the past, then they can start to write
letters and talk about it at work, to their
political leaders, and in the media!