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The UN Foundation Proposes Modernizing The Electric Power Grid
And The Economist Features "Wind By Wire"

Dear GENI Friend,

The UN Foundation, founded by Ted Turner, contributes $100 million annually to the United Nations. Energy and climate change are a prime focus of this organization, which recently authored a report "Change the Rules, Change the Future" Led by former Senator Timothy Wirth, the respected authors make the case for modernizing the electric power grid to increase efficiency and better access to clean energy (renewable) resources.

It states, "A modern grid will be able to manage intermittent power flows from renewable energy resources and give producers — from farmers with wind turbines in their fields or homeowners with solar panels on their roofs to large solar farms in the desert — a better opportunity to sell electricity back to the grid. Instead of relying only on a few, traditional power plants, utilities will be able to get electricity from a network of clean power plant providers, which would not only make clean energy more widely available to customers, but also make the energy supply more stable and secure." In a nutshell, this is the GENI Initiative.

In another respected publication, the Economist magazine featured a story on power transmission: "Where the wind blows — a grandiose plan to link Europe's electricity grids may recast wind power from it's current role as a walk-on extra to being the star of the show" It highlights the combined benefits of an AC - DC (direct current) grid, enabling long distance transmission of high voltage power from abundant, yet remote windy areas.

As you'll see at the end of the Economist article, GENI is also cited for our vision and efforts to link high capacity solar, geothermal and wind from sites in the Sahara desert, South America and Siberia. This is the same message we are taking to the World Energy Conference (WEC) in Rome in four months. The world is crying out for clean energy solutions to climate change — and it's right in front of us. The WEC is our biggest expense every 3 years. Can you help sponsor our exhibit?

In partnership for the planet,

Peter Meisen


p.s. Next month we'll feature the 5 nations that already run on renewable energy.

p.p.s. Please consider renewing your GENI pledge. It will make a real difference in our work.

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