Personal Endorsements by Major Individuals for GENI - page 2
"There are a number of potential benefits that can be realized through the interconnection of power grids. For example, those in remote regions with few resources of their own can benefit from links to regions with more abundant power. Similarly, uneconomic projects can become feasible if the power generated can be sold to areas of higher demand. Incorporating renewable sources of energy into energy planning is an important tenet of our international energy policy."
Timothy Wirth, Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs, United States Department of State
"Building toward and sustaining the world grid requires productive, creative and life-serving technology. This can be a magnet for technologists who are now marshalled for military power extension without limit."
Seymour Melman, Professor Emeritus, Industrial Engineering, Columbia University
"Countries which have integrated their electric power systems through electric transmission interconnections are the wealthy industrialized nations. There is no question that interconnections result in more efficient availability of electricity. So that all may benefit, the objectives of GENI if they can be attained, will lead to peace and wealth to those presently deprived of such."
Dennis Woodford, Executive Director, Manitoba HVDC Research Centre
"One of the obvious features of development is that energy inputs rarely benefit women, who have no access to them. Electrification would directly benefit the preparers of food and carriers of water as other inputs do not."
Germaine Greer, Professor, University of Warwick
"Sustainable energy strategies, which seek to promote a more efficient use of energy resources, will play a vital role in the international effort to meet the objectives for sustainable development, as set out in the United Nations' "Agenda 21". I therefore welcome the "GENI Initiative", which proposes the electrical interconnection of renewable energy resources, as an important contribution to the work of the United Nations. Regretfully, due to established United Nations practice, I am unable to offer you my official endorsement of your initiative. However, I should like to convey to you my sincere appreciation of your project and best wishes for its continued success."
Gillian Martin Sorensen, Assistant-Secretary-General for External Relations, United Nations
"India will be a determining country in terms of the global environmental future. It has very large quantities of poor quality coal, which cannot be used indefinitely for meeting its limitless energy requirement. Hydro projects including small run of the rivers scheme, as also inter-country initiatives in the region. Photovoltaics, bio-energy, are all feasible and possible. Also technologies for the use of Indian coal and decentralized energy management systems. The GENI Initiative is the kind of organizational change, which can make sustainable development happen."
Yoginder K. Alagh, Managing Partner, Rajya Sabha, New Delhi, India
Edmund de Rothschild, Former Director, N.M. Rothschillds and Sons Ltd.
Bill Shireman, President, Future 500 and Global Future
support the ongoing education and research by GENI towards
connecting inter-regional and international electric energy
networks, emphasizing the use of local and remote renewable
energy resources. I heartily endorse the benefits that are
demonstrated in similar projects around the world:
Gennady P. Turmov, President, Far East State
Technical University (FESTU), Doctor of Technical
Andy Baltzo, Founder, Mt. Diablo Peace Center
James Hubbell, Sculptor Designer
Sofia & Mario Kamenetzky
Federico Mayor, Director General, UNESCO
Wasim Zaman, UN Fund for Population Activities, Central and South Asia
"This is certainly a remarkable initiative. I very much welcome the purpose of GENI "to educate all people, especially world leaders, to the potential benefits of this win-win solution". The win-win solution is "to make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation without ecological damage or the disadvantage of anyone". This is certainly the crux, the center of a whole concept of Sustainable Development. If this institute succeeds in achieving this goal, it would have certainly made a difference in the world efforts to achieve Sustainable Development for all."
Mostafa K. Tolba Director, United Nations Development Program, retired
Andrew E. Rice, Chair Emeritus, International Development Conference
Wangari Muta Maathai, Founder, Greenbelt Movement
David Lorimers, Director, Scientific and Medical Network