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The GENI-us Letter

Iran, Russia, and ASEAN Pushing Power Grids
Solar Potential in California is Enormous!

Dear GENI Friend,

We are often asked; "How's GENI doing?" or "What results have you produced?" Working in this energy sector keeps us focused on a relatively narrow set of daily headlines. While most of GENI's work is done below the radar of mainstream media, the progress in linking renewables around the world is encouraging.

The interconnection of power grids offers numerous benefits: economic exchange of power, back-up reserve in case of emergency, system stability, load leveling of seasonal and diurnal demand, and access to remote renewable resources. System operators at your local utility use these options every day whether you know it or not. Now, Iran, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia are cooperating with a power link so they can achieve similar benefits. And the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) continues it's work towards a regional energy network among all of its members. This is a big deal — and probably not a headline in your local newspaper.

Another significant feature this month is California's 2005 Integrated Energy report on Solar Resources. It's been said that if California was a nation, it would be the world's 7th largest economy. To make the state engine run requires about 55 GW (gigawatts) of installed energy production. The Solar Resources Report identified 17,000 GW of potential solar capacity! — more than 300 times what Californians need today. Half of that potential is located in the southeastern desert where few people, trees or animals live. High-voltage transmission could deliver this energy to our cities.

Admittedly, solar PV is still more expensive yet if we chose to make the investment in solar farms, then all of our daytime needs could be met using the sun's energy. The abundance of this solar resource is far beyond what we need for sustainable living.

The answer to those initial questions: GENI is pushing as hard and fast as we can in a world that is resistant to change. Today, enlightened self interest is favoring grid integrations between nations for both economic and stability reasons — and renewables are growing as the world attempts to develop in a more sustainable fashion. The trend is positive — just not quick enough.

In partnership for the planet,

Peter Meisen


p.s. The Matching Grant Program from our GENI Board is continuing, so all new contributions will be doubled! Call or e-mail for details.

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The Global Energy Network Institute focuses on the interconnection of electric power networks between nations and continents, with an emphasis on tapping abundant renewable energy resources. This strategy is the highest priority of the World Game simulation developed by Dr. Buckminster Fuller three decades ago.

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