J a n u a r y  2 0 1 3 — Volume 21, Issue 1
The GENI-us Letter

Connecting The Americas:
Linking The Electric Grids From Alaska To Argentina

Dear GENI Friend,

We are thrilled to report some recent commitments by all of the nations in the Western Hemisphere.  There are now plans to interconnect the electric grids of Canada, the U.S. and Mexico through Central America and extend throughout South America.  This international hemispheric effort is called “Connect the Americas 2022.”


GENI has pushed this proposal for over two decades and it is now being embraced for all the right reasons – making sure that all citizens, businesses, schools and hospitals have a reliable, sustainable supply of electricity.

The United States has formed the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) within the State Department and highlights the same benefits as proposed by the GENI Initiative:

  • Ability to export/import excess power
  • Level seasonal load demands north to south
  • Gain access to renewable energies
  • Expands trade and cooperation between nations
  • Reduces costs and creates jobs

Secretary of State Hilary Clinton gave strong voice to the initiative: this is a win-win... and it’s time to seize opportunities that will make everybody richer".

Steps are now being taken in America to link the U.S. national energy grids.  The SIEPAC project in Central America has interconnected those six nations and the four southern MERCOSUR countries have interconnected their networks (Mercosur Wants More Renewable Energy).  A high-voltage DC and AC system will knit these grids together to benefit everyone.

These commitments validate GENI’s work.  You can take pride in helping make this a reality.  Now we need the same high-level support for the interconnection between Europe and Africa, where most of the continent remains dark.   The GENI Initiative is making a difference and we invite you to share the good news.

In partnership for the planet,

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Peter Meisen


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