22 October 1993
Dear GENI Friend,
GENI has made huge strides in the past couple of years, and I apologize that we have not been as diligent at reporting these milestones to you. Your support has allowed GENI to become very credible this past year, and I want to thank you for helping to make this vision real in the world. Let me summarize the highlights --
The linking of the renewable energy resources around the world was first proposed by Buckminster Fuller in 1969, and again by the United Nations Natural Resource Council two years later. The project is more technically feasible, economically viable and environmentally desirable today. Please read the enclosed articles and newsletter, which strongly validate this global design strategy.
While at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro last year, we met with thousands of people involved in the environmental and energy issues. Since then, GENI's message has appeared in trade magazines, we're now keynoting speeches at several international meetings, and we've launched a successful Campaign to Fund the Vision of GENI.
GENI's credential grows stronger as another article has been published in the book, "Power Generation Technology." Entitled "Remote Renewable Energy Resources Made Possible by International Electrical Interconnections -- a Priority on All Continents," I co-authored the piece with Dr. Tom Hammons, chairman of the International Practices Committee of the IEEE Power Engineering Society, and Joe Falcon, President of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. This book is being delivered to 8,500 utility and energy executives around the world. This same paper is being expanded for possible publication in IEEE Spectrum (the engineer's magazine) next year.
The International Solar Energy Society (ISES) meets every two years, and I had the opportunity to address its final plenary session in Budapest. The solar energy potential of the planet is far beyond the needs of our society, yet solar power still remains too expensive for most commercial applications. The problem is that most of the ISES conversation is at the kilowatt level -- and if we're going to meet the energy demand of the world (we're adding 90 million people each year!) in a sustainable fashion the discussion must be in megawatt terms (1000x). Also very promising are the new variable speed wind turbines that are cost competitive with coal-fired generation.
In Amsterdam, the International T&D (Transmission and Distribution) Expo was held -- serving clients throughout Europe. I was the keynote speaker for the opening luncheon -- and again challenged the direction of the industry. The bottom line -- in order to meet the energy needs of our exploding population in a sustainable manner we must accelerate the interconnection of renewable energy resources around the world. Both the conference sponsors and attendees responded with keen interest and demanded further information after the discussion.
For the first time, we have created a funding vehicle for you to help us drive this initiative onto the global agenda. Over the summer, we launched the Campaign to Fund the Vision of GENI, and hit out first milestone. After three fund raisers in North America, and several more Contribution Evenings in Australia and New Zealand, we surpassed the $100,000 mark! The goal is one million dollars, and we've had a very strong start.
This funding allows us to begin work on the Computer Model (see page 5 of newsletter).. And now that we are e-mail linked to the world via Internet (our address is firstname.lastname@example.org), we have expert simulationists participating from around the world.
The Computer Model will provide the cost/benefit analysis for the power industry to change course, and our Documentary/Film will then educate the world's leaders and general public for their conceptual understanding and collective support.
By your previous contribution, you have already demonstrated your stand for GENI's fulfillment.
It's a tax-deductible, it's needed more than every, and it makes a big difference in helping us accelerate GENI and deliver on our promise. Thank you for helping us connect the world.
p.s. One very valuable thing you could do as well: After reviewing the enclosed information, determine who you think should be aware of our work, and send the material to them. Everyone knows someone -- a VIP in business, the media or government. Pass GENI along to them.
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