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GENI Report on the World Energy Conference
October 6-12, Tokyo
19 October 1995
3000 utility executives, energy ministers, World Bank specialists and engineering firms gathered in Tokyo for a full week to discuss "Energy for our Common Future." For the first time, GENI had the opportunity to present our work exhibit at the World Energy Conference. (We also posted the Dymaxion Map with grid, quotes and energy statistics on every message board. — a bit of guerilla marketing!)
The World Energy Council (WEC) is the global organization of industry executives responsible for developing and implementing energy policy. It meets only once every three years, since the wheels of change move slowly in this industry. Environmental protection was given more lip service, because renewable energy scenarios are still "a prospect of the future" for most of these people.
GENI was represented by three Board members: Joe Falcon, Graeme Edwards and myself. We were able to attend several of the panel and paper sessions on topics relevant to our agenda. In most sessions, we submitted questions to the panelists that raised the benefits of electrical interconnections to the delegates present.
A very important result: our name, both as GENI and Global Energy Network International, was mentioned in four separate panel sessions with hundreds people present. In one session on long range energy prospects, two panelists spoke several times about a global energy grid linking renewable energy resources. This lays the foundation for us to follow-up with WEC members and bring that vision of the future into the present.
It was wonderful to have key utility executives and energy thinkers come by our booth hours after hour to hear this global solution on our turf. For many, it was a brand new conversation. Others were well aware of regional interconnections but didn't realize the expanded limits to transmission distances. Some found this idea to be very intriguing and wanted all the information we could give them for further study.
To give you a taste of the level of contacts made, I'll mention a few names and titles, so you can see the importance of being at this conference:
Secretary General of Energy, Zaire: Barumawaki Muyeye
just to mention a few....
It was clear to us that the interconnection of regional grids is progressing all around the world. All projections show increasing energy demand (a doubling) in the next twenty to thirty years, mostly from the population growth of the developing world. The opportunity of the GENI proposal, and what is still "the edge" for our speaking, is in "linking remote renewable energy sources around the world."
The most exciting request came from Anil Malhotra, Asian Energy Specialist for the World Bank. He would like an energy model that encompasses the entire Asian region (where India, China and SE Asian hold half the world's population). He said he would "shop" such a proposal to several regional governments whom he thinks would fund such a study. We are now putting this package together.
Critical to our discussion and this proposal is the "what if" research work we are advocating. The issues covered in an Asian computer simulation model will be:
Our job now is to follow up these contacts — seeking partnership with each organization: as a sponsor, endorser and/or advocate. Amid the complexity of providing affordable, clean energy to a growing world, GENI is now being viewed as a serious solution.