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Grid Congestion and the Clean Energy Market

Dear GENI Friend,

Traffic congestion is known to us all. When too many people enter a freeway system at the same time, speeds can slow to a crawl. One must either expand the roadway, time space the entry of cars, or build another system to move the people. Power grids experience congestion when the demand for electricity exceeds the capacity of the transmission lines from the power plants.

Anyone can look around the home or office to see the reason for the growth in demand: computers, VCRs, DVDs, stereos, microwaves, air conditioning, appliances, games, and so on. Each of these tools and toys has added demand on an energy system designed in the analog era of 50 years ago. If you overload a circuit at home, you lose power to a part of your house. If you overload or have inadequate power to a city, then you experience brownouts and blackouts. California and many other regions of the world are rebuilding their electrical grids to meet the new system requirements.

At the same time, we are seeing the emergence of clean energy markets in many nations. Solar, wind, and fuel cells are projecting double digit growth during the coming decade. From $13 billion in 2004, Clean Edge projects a $92 billion industry in ten years (see cleanedge.com). Driving this development are three prime factors: supportive government policies, more investment in R&D and green projects, and continued technological advancements. Encourage these all that you can.

The grid and clean energy converge at the micro and macro levels. Most people who install solar PV on their rooftops are able to sell excess power back to the grid for use by others. Larger wind and solar arrays are often built in remote regions with good wind patterns and solar radiation. That bulk electricity is delivered via high voltage grids to major cities and industry. GENI is all about A linking renewable energy resources around the world. We appreciate your support.

Please vote with your dollars by contributing to the sustainability of our planet.

In partnership for the planet,

Peter Meisen


P.S. We are excited to announce a $60,000 matching grant from our GENI Board, so all new contributions will be doubled! More on this next month, or call/e-mail for details.

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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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