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Power Grid Interpendence vs. Independence

Dear GENI Friend,

Since 1990, the GENI Initiative has been conducting research and educating people globally on the benefits of linking power systems between time zones, nations and continents. This development has accelerated in recent years as neighboring economies both gain in this interdependent relationship of buying and selling power.

Today, terrorism and homeland security have become the new filter that many decisions must pass through. What if someone attacks key nodes of the energy grid? How much would that cost to recover and rebuild the system? What would be the impact on the whole economy? Students of Amory Lovins will recall his book "Brittle Power: Energy Strategy for National Security" which raised the same questions two decades ago.

The attached article from Whit Allen makes the case for expanding Distributed Generation (DG) as an answer to energy security and potential terrorism. DG provides power from smaller, self-contained units like micro turbines and fuel cells, and thus, less likely to be a target.

The independent option seems to challenge the whole notion of an interconnected society. The internet's growth around the world has been a function of expanded linkages of fibre optic and cable. Power systems, communication networks, roads and bridges knit our society together, both domestically and internationally. Yet, being self reliant for your energy needs has an appeal for critical industries and government functions.

I offer this report to give you the opportunity to examine the concept of independence vs. inter-dependence in the energy world. Would it make sense for your company, office building, or home to disconnect from the current electrical grid that supplies your electricity? That's doable today if you desire. The GENI Initiative sees the grid as a vehicle for increased regional, national and international trade, fostering cooperation and peace between nations. The reality of terrorism must be addressed, but must we radically alter our society to protect ourselves?

Please vote with your dollars by investing in the sustainability of our planet.

Peter Meisen


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The Global Energy Network Institute focuses on the interconnection of electric power networks between nations and continents, with an emphasis on tapping abundant renewable energy resources. This strategy is the highest priority of the World Game simulation developed by Dr. Buckminster Fuller three decades ago.

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