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Global Issues >> Overview >> International Language >> Korea

13 July 1994


Hon. J Stapleton Roy
US Ambassador to China
UNITED STATES EMBASSY
Xiu Shui Bei Jie 3
Beijing
CHINA

Dear Ambassador Roy,

As North and South Korea begin a dialogue to resolve some of their longstanding differences, I write to offer an option that strengthens both economies and serves as a bridge for peace between former rivals.

GENI is a US tax exempt organization conducting research and education into the benefits of interconnecting electrical networks between regions, with special focus on tapping renewable energy resources. In the attached literature, you will find extensive corroboration for the expansion of power grids.

Two recent examples serve to illustrate the opportunity for North and South Korea to link their electrical power networks —

  • Two months after the fall of the Berlin Wall in November '89, East and West Germany initiated the interconnection of the electric power systems between the two countries. Enormous economic and environmental benefits have already accrued, even after 40 years of staring at each other through a gun barrel.

  • As reported in Newsweek, September 93 — immediately after the peace accords were signed between PLO ChairmanYasir Arafat and Prime Minister Itsak Rabin, economic integration was now possible.With peace at hand, some ambitious development projects no longer look so crazy. Beyond Israel and the occupied territories, some other neighbors could benefit, too. A few of the Palestinians fondest dreams: POWER GRIDS: Interlocking electrical grids could save Israelis and Arabs millions of dollars.

A simple transmission line can act as a first link that will benefit both North and South Korea. The distances involved are short, and the resources and technology exist throughout the Far East to engineer the project.

The benefits of system integration are well documented:

  • load sharing
  • emergency back-up
  • peak power savings
  • deferral of additional capacity requirements
  • increased system stability
  • improved frequency and voltage control
  • ability to retire environmentally unsound or older generation

and in this case, would be a physical demonstration of cooperation, and electrical intertie, between North and South Korea that would serve as an example for further mutually advantageous projects.

Specifically, South Korea could assist the North's development by selling its excess capacity and assisting in the development of further generation sources for their mutual benefit.

Looking beyond the gain to both North and South Korea — extending these interconnections across the border into China's exploding energy demand, plus an underwater link to Japan — would profit the entire region.

We have attached several reports for your review and consideration. Please contact us, if GENI could be of service in future discussions.

Sincerely,

Peter Meisen
Executive Director

cc:

  • United States —
    • President Bill Clinton
    • Vice President Al Gore
    • Secretary of State Warren Christopher
    • Anthony Lake, National Security Advisor
    • John Gibbons, Office of Science and Technology Policy
    • Winston Lord, East Asia and Pacific Affairs, State Dept.
    • James Laney, US Ambassador to South Korea
    • Walter Mondale, US Ambassador to Japan
    • Stapleton Roy, US Ambassador to China

  • North Korea —
    • President Kim Il Sung
    • His Excellency Kim Jong Il
    • Premier Yon Hyong Muk
  • South Korea —
    • President Kim Young Sam
    • Prime Minister Hwang in Sung

  • United Nations —
    • Boutros Boutros Ghali

Upon retuning from CIGRE and the UN Population Conference, I was catching up on my reading and came across this most interesting newspaper report on the North-South Korea negotiations. It's pretty amazing that our letter was sent in mid-July to all those listed on page 2, then Vice President Al Gore's letter was sent on August 19th, and our peace proposal for this region showing up as part of the reported negotiation a couple days later.

Coincidental or causal? Either way this is something GENI can add to our corroborative examples.


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