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is GENI? What is the GENI Initiative?
do I need to be concerned
about global energy problems?
is GENI doing this work? What are the reasons
that make this important for GENI?
is GENI going to do if I help GENI?
do you explain the GENI
Initiative in 30 seconds?
do you predict will happen to our planet if
we do not complete the global electricity grid?
are you concerned with transporting
electricity? why not oil or gas or coal?
events do you think will have to take place,
in the environment, in society, etc., in order
for international leaders to build an international
already support the GENI initiative? Who else
are the impediments to building the global
electricity grid? If it's so good, how
come we're not doing it?
has GENI already done?
is GENI funded? Who supports
GENI's work financially?
can someone do to help GENI? How about my family?
my friends? my community? my organization? my
will own/administer/control the global electricity
will the grid be seriously discussed
by world leaders?
should a country put itself in a position where
on another country for its power?
can we expect countries to trust each other enough
to become so dependent on one another?
the politics involved in establishing electrical
connections across national boundaries insurmountable?
building the grid also mean a tax
increase for some countries?
will this affect trade between countries?
do we convince industry, particularly defence
industries, to convert
to new technology? Can
nations at war use this project to convert some
defense industries to civilian related uses?
Buckminster Fuller discover that there were other
ways to resolve global
strife and increase sustainability? Why did
he decide that an
international grid was the most practical/feasible
global network is a nice intellectual idea, but
the idea of running a cable from Alaska/Canada
through Russia, China, and North Korea to South
Korea and Japan is very amusing. That's like connecting
Florida to Brazil via Cuba why
should we do this?
is against this? What forces are opposing this
technically feasible is the global electric grid?
How do the costs and benefits weigh out?
are the winners and the losers of this plan? How
do you see this set up as a win/win solution?
it be too expensive to build a global electricity
much will the global electric grid
will the money come from?
your cost/benefit analysis? Tell me more about
the GENI Computer Model (Simulation).
are the business risks?
an investor what would be my ROI (return
spend the money when we
have plenty of coal and oil?
happens to the electricity grid during times of
war? Transmission towers and power lines are
very vulnerable. If you destroy a transmission
terrorists shut down a country?
the global grid going to do anything for the villages
across the planet that have no electricity?
will this affect the economies of first-world
nations? developing nations?
big oil companies a factor that is slowing
down the use of renewable energy?
can I convince governments with enough coal to
last for centuries to switch
to renewable resources?
can you convince a business that is operating
in the area of non-renewable energy (eg. making
oil furnaces) that it has to shift? How will we
make the leap taking advantage of remote
renewable energy over fossil fuels?
percent of the global electric grid is already
complete? What still needs to be built?
we started building the international grid today,
it be finished?
about building underwater - wouldn't you lose
a lot of electricity - and wouldn't it be very
you lose too much electricity over these long
distances for this idea to be cost-effective?
are the environmental implications? Good and bad?
about the EMF issue?
will this reduce: acid rain? the greenhouse effect?
there enough non-hydro renewable energy available?
we didn't use so much, then a lot of other people
on the planet could raise their standard of living.
Shouldn't we be conserving energy?
will this project reduce hunger?
many of the developing countries, women get little
education and have lots of children just so the
family can survive. How will GENI fix that problem?
will this project stabilize population growth?
the global energy grid bring global
do you propose that this global shift in cooperation
and consciousness will occur?
was Bucky? Why was he important? Tell me some
background on R. Buckminster Fuller (Bucky)?
Web Site Volunteers / Interns:
your experience, do you see anything that you
would like to contribute/add to the the GENI site
that you think is missing?
(Why is it important? What community does it address?
What need(s) will it fulfill? What question(s)
will it answer?)
(How would you put this into the GENI site? What
software/hardware is required for this to work
effectively for ordinary GENI site visitors?)
Do you see anything on the GENI site that you
would like to upgrade
to make it available to more people (we are working
to keep the GENI site available to as many people
as possible, and are designing to a browser standard
of Netscape 4.7 at this time).
you have any special
skills, expertise, contacts, assets, and/or interests
that you feel would contribute to accomplishing
What tools (hardware/software) do you have available
that you can use to work on the GENI site?
those involved in Policy-Making
a President or Prime Minister:
economic gain (or loss) will we realize by interconnecting
with our neighbor(s)?
if my neighbor decides to cut the circuit? Will
my power system go down?
linking electrical systems with my neighbor(s) have
political benefits to me?
much can I trust my neighbor, i.e. what percentage
of power can we afford to lose?
much will it cost to get our Quality of Life indicators
will the money come from to finance these infrastructure
we electrify the rural areas, can we expect these
people to stay there, or will they still migrate
to the urban centers?
industries may expand or contract due to this strategy?
will this infrastructure plan affect regional stability:
short and long term?
is going to be in charge of this transmission system?
some new supra-national agency in Washington or
at the United Nations?
will be the short and long term employment impacts?
in each sector: construction, fossil fuel industry,
renewable industry, engineering, information industry,
R & D
my national security interests be compromised? and
what does my defense minister say about this development
an Energy Minister:
will be the comparable costs of power, generated
internally or in a neighboring country?
interconnecting with our neighbors increase/decrease
the reliability of my system?
are my cheapest forms of power -- in my country?
in the region?
is the renewable energy potential within my country?
much future demand can be reduced by increasing
our energy efficiency?
will I best allocate my financial resources in the
short term, long term?
many of the same questions asked by a President
or Prime Minister
People and Organizations involved in:
is the renewable energy potential of each region
of the world?
renewables increase/decrease in market share as
energy efficiency (ie. Conservation or Demand Side
Management) meet the needs of our growing local,
national and regional population?
the optimal sustainable energy strategy (mix of
generation sources) that will meet the Rio CO2
will be a cheaper strategy: linking grids or independent
energy systems: short term and long term?
can you predict Quality of Life improvements based
solely on Kwh/capita?
do Quality of Life indicators differ in neighboring
regions and nations?
will pay for this energy development, and won't
it take money away from more essential village-based
this development model just following in the footsteps
of the developed nations, with all the problems
that will ensue?
there some break point where it is cheaper to install
freestanding generation systems over linking this
village into the grid?
do we prioritize our development problems? Have
we determined a necessary budget to solve the issues?
an increase in the living standard actually worsen
the population pressures in a developing nation:
short term, long term?
long before my country could expect to see a decline
in birth rates.
"population momentum" push global population to
8.3 billion no matter what we do?
does the energy grid strategy fit into Paul Erlich's
+ Technology + Affluence = Environmental Impact
you give any examples where international linkages
have forwarded the peace between nations? And for
if some terrorist decides to cut the circuit along
an international border? What will be the consequences
militarily, politically, and energy security?
we can't even fully fund UN Peacekeeping operations,
how can we expect to fund mega-projects like power
grids and generation projects?
would own the transmission system, and do we want
another large bureaucracy?
treaties and agreements need to be signed to build
these international projects?
Business and Trade Groups in the:
affect will trans-national interconnections have
on domestic and imported coal, oil and gas?
percentage of new capacity will be met by coal,
oil and gas?
what point do you expect renewables to be cost competitive
with fossil fuels?
impact will th expanding grid network have on the
transportation industry? (especially autos, trucks
are the best renewable sites on the planet?
far are these renewable sites from load centers?
renewable development best suited for off-grid,
will renewables compete in a market that doesn't
take externalities into account?
do we feed intermittent renewables into a utility
grid accustomed to steady power flow?
many of these large grid systems are near water,
could they play a role in electrolysing water for
hydrogen (as a transport fuel)?
are the missing links in the global energy system?
can we benefit from this development strategy? or
do we lose?
are the optimal voltage levels for specific projects?
political realities, how do we design the system
so that each country maintains it's necessary security
amount of metal will be required if this system
were to proceed?
is the cost per kilometer of these transmission
you have examples of successful interconnection
rate of return can we expect from this particular
aren't the UNDP and/or the World Bank building and
financing these projects?
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