The essence of the GENI
Initiative is to expand high-voltage interconnections between nations
with an emphasis on tapping local and remote renewable energy resources.
Obviously, the realization requires the cooperation and collaboration
of numerous agencies, business interests and citizen involvement.
Each month, we see more
evidence of this taking place. The next interconnection in the Middle
East will link Egypt
through Jordan to western Iraq. This project follows on closely with
plans to link Syria, Iraq and Iran. It seems clear that these nations
can now move forward on mutually beneficial projects after the recent
war. If history is our guide, these interties will enhance trade and cooperation
among Middle Eastern nations, adding political stability and increasing
Another kind of cooperation
is required within each nation to encourage the dialogue between environmentalists
and the business community. For years, our energy system has been driven
by coal, oil and gas interests – with the environmental organizations
beating them up over resource depletion and the pollution from burning
fossil fuels. Now, the two sides in Canada have joined forces to study
and report on the renewable energy potential in their nation. The finding:
Canadian renewable resource potential could meet the electrical needs
of the entire country.
What would it take to
get every nation to convene a similar partnership to research the renewable
energy potential of their country?
You could help us accelerate
these cooperative efforts. How? First, share these two reports with your
national policy-makers. Second, go to GENI’s web site and sign-up for
the e-mail version of this report. Then, send a note to your own personal
e-list and link to these reports. Everyone can make a difference in this
with your dollars by contributing to the sustainability of our planet.