A Continental Strap allows the present power-grid system new exchange, economic expansion and reach. However, connecting the continents together also allows sun-side renewables to power the night; and new industrial development in presently undeveloped areas. As a new project, it acceptably answers future climate concerns. It's a Win, Win, Win.
Power: Cities use power and are a power sink to the overall power supply system. It makes sense, therefore, that every roof and siding could be made into a solar power creator, where cities could then be large power contributors. Power companies should install solar on every building that is feasible and at no or very little charge to occupants. A finance scheme could allow buy-ins by private companies or individuals. Otherwise, the installer is the equipment owner and power owner. Solar would become a normal part of building construction. Revenues from solar are owned and arbitrated by equipment or installation owners, whether private or public. Power companies and/or their technically aligned partners, then maintain and improve, on an on-going basis, this aspect of the national solar contribution grid.
Transport: Cars in the near future, may become powered by electric or by Hydrogen. It is conceivable that roadways could become part of the power-grid and supply power and control through Graphine blankets installed into the freeway system. Power lines, leading to a city could then also be power-strips that feed and charge vehicle power-packs and batteries, and also allow computer directed traffic, in cities and between cities.
Decisions on the direction for the future, first must answer how are we to have a truly sustainable world? Should the world consist of diverse, self-sustaining continental areas, where resources and the life that depends upon them might remain somewhat isolated and protected? See #3 of the World Plan main page on Diversity.
Will the world grow more integrated?
A group of steps toward an international power system can begin with engaging improvements to national grid and transport systems that will also fit to a long range world power distribution plan. The beginning endeavors of a long range plan would allow the clean up of individual countries and the forging of solid partner relationships within those countries and with the larger world. Power, materials and power distribution would begin to conform to a larger, established international plan.
One possible direction of a world power plan is a fully integrated world power grid. An integrated power system would allow world finances to be tied to energy by stitching banking and energy contribution and energy consumption to a world power grid.
A national power grid, could be designed to allow mass transportation along conduit lines. Container shipping and interstate travel could be very fast and at a small fraction of present transport costs.
An international power grid, is simply tying the continents together with power straps. International conduits then bring international energy contribution which eliminates regional isolation and allows renewable energy inputs without the need for storage, an aspect to future self-sustaining energy production, missing at this time. The world does not have the battery technology, nor storage facility to conduct a viable renewable supply. An interconnected World Power Grid means the night is always connected to the energy contribution of the day.
The eventual future world-power system would follow in incremental steps. By treaty, individual countries shall agree to convert their present systems to supply the new system, as aspects come on-line, and shall then-forth receive their power from the new system. Continental Straps will allow an initial international system on which improved regional feeds will follow. New supply sources would be further developed in the Solar Supply Regions. It should be noted that half the world will receive power and pay providing regions and system owners creating a vastly improved, new world financial environment. A World Grid removes the present regional production ceilings and production potentials become unlimited within the necessary constraints of pollution control.
The initial step is coordinating regional power grids in preparation of a Bering Straight or North Atlantic crossing.
At the same time, communications along an international power grid, using the grid conductors themselves, could be nearly instantaneous being run on the same conductors.
Nulls and Nodes: Financial monitoring should attempt to balance energy storing operations and technologies with usage. Careful planning needs to specify progress and attach controls and governors to avoid extremes - such as nulling or collapse of operational nodes. We can't have a region go broke within minutes of a power outage. :-}