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The United Nations Economic & Social Council Committee on Natural Resources

January 11, 1971

The Proposed Electrical
Integration of the Power
Systems of North and South America

Today in US/Canada

  • 5% of the world's population
  • 12,000 kilowatt-hours/capita/year
  • High standard of living:
Today in Latin America:
  • 8% of the world's population
  • 1,000 - 2000 Kwh/person/year
  • Low - medium living standard
Each blue dot represents 1% of
humanity and is located near
the highest population density
of the 57 million people it
represents. Black line represents
high-voltage electrical inter-
connections between regions
and continents.

Report of the Secretary-General on the concept of intra and intercontinental movement of electricity.

"In view of the pressing present and future needs for minimizing pollution in the generation of electric power, the search for less pollution energy resources such as hydro, geothermal and tidal power has acquired a new meaning and importance... Thus, an intercontinental high-voltage connection between North and South America would link the large hydropower potential of South America with the electricity demand of North America. In addition, there are good reasons to believe that excellent geothermal exists from California southwards all the way through the South American Andes."

Notice: Electrical demand varies seasonally between North and South Hemispheres, and varies daily east to west time zones. Notice that South America is located entirely to the east of North America, to maximize time zone effect.