Last month we ended our report saying: "We do advocate for high-voltage
grids that link across time-zones and political boundaries. These grids
can deliver electricity generated from abundant renewable energy".
Days ago, we received a copy of a new report from the United Nations
Department of Economic and Social Affairs that features the complexity
and benefits of building transmission across national borders. I'm sharing
with you the Executive
Summary of this 160 page document.
It is rich with information about the technical issues, economic costs,
legal agreements, plus the political, social and environmental benefits.
And it's right in line with the GENI Initiative.
So why is it taking so long? The first line says it well: "International
electric grid interconnections are complex undertakings". Drawing
a line on a map from an energy resource to a major population center is
easy. Building a grid across borders requires the cooperation
of engineers, financiers, politicians, construction firms plus
the involvement of the communities in the region.
Our world remains divided. The wealthy, developed nations have all the
legal, financial, political and engineering skills necessary and
our economies are heavily interconnected. The developing nations lack
some of these essential requirements, and need our assistance to avoid
mistakes and accelerate their own sustainable development.
No one ever said this would be easy. Just reading this Executive
Summary highlights the challenges yet the benefits of clean
electricity for all are obvious. The knowledge exists now we
need to accelerate the process. We invite you to share this UN report
with someone important to you.
In partnership for the planet,