the GENI Initiative has been conducting research and educating people globally
on the benefits of linking power systems between time zones, nations and
continents. This development has accelerated in recent years as neighboring
economies both gain in this interdependent relationship of buying and selling
Today, terrorism and homeland
security have become the new filter that many decisions must pass through.
What if someone attacks key nodes of the energy grid? How much would that
cost to recover and rebuild the system? What would be the impact on the
whole economy? Students of Amory Lovins will recall his book "Brittle
Power: Energy Strategy for National Security" which raised the same questions
two decades ago.
The attached article
from Whit Allen makes the case for expanding Distributed Generation
(DG) as an answer to energy security and potential terrorism. DG provides
power from smaller, self-contained units like micro turbines and fuel
cells, and thus, less likely to be a target.
The independent option seems
to challenge the whole notion of an interconnected society. The internet's
growth around the world has been a function of expanded linkages of fibre
optic and cable. Power systems, communication networks, roads and bridges
knit our society together, both domestically and internationally. Yet,
being self reliant for your energy needs has an appeal for critical industries
and government functions.
I offer this report to give
you the opportunity to examine the concept of independence vs. inter-dependence
in the energy world. Would it make sense for your company, office building,
or home to disconnect from the current electrical grid that supplies your
electricity? That's doable today if you desire. The GENI Initiative sees
the grid as a vehicle for increased regional, national and international
trade, fostering cooperation and peace between nations. The reality of
terrorism must be addressed, but must we radically alter our society to
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