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Utilities pursuing renewable energy strategies

Dear GENI Friend,

We are all connected to a utility grid that supplies our electricity. These high-voltage transmission lines act as freeways for the electrons to move from the generator to your home and business. For most of us, this electricity has traditionally come from large coal, gas or nuclear power plants.

Things are now changing. Leading utilities are integrating new wind, solar, geothermal and biomass resources into their energy mix. We offer two examples from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and the Ontario, Canada provincial utility. In both cases, these utilities are signing contracts with independent power providers who are eager to supply this clean energy resource. Globally, solar and wind are growing at 20% and 30% respectively.

This market is being driven by several factors: renewable portfolio standards, concern over greenhouse gas emissions and cost competitive renewable technologies. In the last few years, renewables have become a viable business proposition for these utilities. In addition, transmission lines are being extended to reach these renewables, often located in remote deserts, mountain passes and fault zones.

You pay your utility bill every month. What if that electricity came from wind, solar or geothermal — and was still competitively priced? Change happens when more of us direct our payments into new, sustainable technologies. Utilities are listening to their customer needs. Our request:

Ask your local utility what they are doing to expand their renewable program.

It will make a difference.

Happy New Year,

Peter Meisen


Attachment: Sustainable Energy Coalition Outlines How Renewable Energy Technologies Can Eliminate Energy Imports, Phase Out Nuclear Power and Slash Greenhouse Gases

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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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