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The GENI-us Letter

The Super Grid Is Coming To Your Continent

Dear GENI Friend,

For almost two decades, GENI has pushed the proposal to link electrical grids between regions and nations with an emphasis on tapping local and remote renewable resources.  In the past few months, there have been numerous announcements by politicians and business leaders with this very message, and we assert that the idea has reached critical mass and has become unstoppable.

In Europe, the “electrical supergrid” is being pushed as a backbone high-voltage network that will enable the offshore winds of the UK and Ireland to power the lights in Paris.  This supergrid extended around the Mediterranean Sea will allow the abundant solar resources of the Sahara desert to power computers in Berlin.  This same argument can be found in the U.S., where Energybiz Insider featured “The Super Grid: Practical or Pipe Dream?”  In each case, it requires the cooperation of investor-owned utilities, municipals, cooperatives, landowners and all levels of government.

In South Asia, the five nations of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC: India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka) are discussing a regional electric grid that can deliver abundant hydropower from the Himalayas to all SAARC members.  With assistance from the Asian Development Bank, this kind of development can elevate the living standards of millions of people.

Just a few months ago we talked among our staff about how you unleash a “flood” of information and awareness to drive an idea.  GENI's work, with your support, can take some of the credit for unleashing the flood.  Now we need to accelerate on-the-ground development and investment if nations truly want to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and wean ourselves from polluting fossil fuels.  Thank you for your on-going support.

In partnership for the planet,

Peter Meisen


p.s. This past week, National Public Radio ran a series on “Re-envisioning Electricity in the U.S” which includes an excellent layered visualization of the US grid, solar and wind potentials, and needed upgrades

p.p.s. Renewable Energy World Magazine has an excellent feature on the “Green Superhighway”

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Updated: 2008/02/15

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