S e p t e m b e r  2 0 1 0 — Volume 18, Issue 9
The GENI-us Letter

The Global Shift to Renewable Energy

Dear GENI Friend,

There's a revolution going on – but it’s not a bloody conflict.  It's a design revolution that's changing the way we power our homes and fuel our cars.  This revolution won't tear down societies -- in fact, it will lead to a more abundant and sustainable future for all.  Lester Brown, of the Earth Policy Institute, has been a leading voice for decades and highlights this unstoppable trend.

Texas -- the heart of the U.S. oil industry now has 9,700 megawatts of wind and plans to multiply that fivefold.  Plans for Scotland's offshore wind involve 60,000 megawatts, almost 70% of the presently installed capacity in all the UK.  Algeria will be exporting 6,000 megawatts of solar energy to Europe.  They could actually supply the world with the solar potential from their deserts.

Global Renewable Electricity CapacitiesLast year, renewable energy accounted for 60% of new generation capacity in Europe and 50% in the United States.  While the intermittency of wind and solar can challenge utility system operators, the benefits of clean, cost competitive power is winning converts on every continent.

Every revolution needs champions, and this is one in which we can all take a lead.  Vote with your dollars. Next time you purchase a car, buy a new plug-in hybrid or electric automobile.  If your utility offers it, sign up for the green energy option -- or go the next step and put solar PV on your roof and watch your meter spin backwards. 

With this growth, consider adding a renewable energy component to your investment portfolio.  Set the example for your children and in your neighborhood.  This is a positive revolution that benefits us all.

In partnership for the planet,

Peter Meisen
Peter Meisen


p.s. The Energy & Water Sustainability collaborative started Sept 7th and ran all month in San Diego. Create an account and view the results of this immersive visualization event here: http://wrsc.org/

p.s. You can send your green gift to GENI right now to enable this important work on two fronts.


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