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Russia and the European Union
Announce Plans to Link Grids

Dear GENI Friend,

"Nothing is so powerful as an idea whose time has come," Victor Hugo. I first heard this quote while working on the global hunger issue in the 80's. It speaks to the essence of achieving a critical mass " that threshold where a new concept becomes unstoppable.

This month, both Reuters and the St. Petersburg Times are reporting that the European Union and Russia are coordinating plans to link their power grids in 2007. I recall when we began this work in 1987, the experts said that the concept was technically feasible " but would not happen because of the east-west (communist-capitalist) political divide. Then the Berlin Wall falls in November 1989.

GENI has been pushing this strategy to engineers at the World Energy Council and IEEE Power Engineering Society for over a decade. Years ago, two Siemens (the German multinational) engineers were presenting their plan for a high voltage interconnection between Moscow and Berlin. Only later did they inform us that GENI's research provided the basis for their interconnection proposal.

Today, the best engineers from Russia and the EU are working towards a high-voltage system that stretches from Spain to Siberia. The benefits will include lower energy costs, increased reliability and stability, and reduced emissions due to load leveling.

Last month we spoke about the plans to link Iran, Iraq and Syria. Now, we see plans for the first major inter-continental connection. We expect to see similar plans between the other neighboring continents in the coming years. Your financial support makes our work possible, and I acknowledge your commitment over the many years to get these results — the time has come.

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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