"All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come."
— French author Victor Hugo 1852
"The integrated world energy grid is the World Game's highest priority objective."
— Buckminster Fuller, Critical Path 1983
"This is not a time for tinkering; it is a time for transformation – a radical shift to greener economies."
— UN Sec. General Ban Ki-moon at the 2014 climate talks in Lima, Peru
The picture above from 45 years ago shows Buckminster Fuller with a freehand sketch of the interconnected energy grid. Great ideas can take time – and the time is now.
In their 2014 report, Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency calls for more investment in renewable energy and electrical interconnections to get that power to markets. This is required to meet CO2 reduction goals.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) President Chris Johns leads one of the largest utilities in the world. He sees the Grid of Things™ which will link all technologies, from health care to homes to energy. "These energy technologies are tremendously more powerful and valuable if they're wired together through the grid."
You have seen the development and acceptance of the GENI initiative over 25 years. We now see global leaders calling for a rapid uptake of renewable energy into an interconnected energy grid. It's an idea whose time has come, and there's no time to waste. It's needed in every nation, on every continent ...now.
In Partnership for the Planet,