[ExI] Thoughts on Space based solar power

hkhenson hkhenson at rogers.com
Tue Nov 18 20:33:19 UTC 2008

Charles Miller has proposed legislation be passed similar to that in 
Germany which provides that the utilities have to buy solar power at 
a high per kWh rate for a limited amount and pass on the cost to 
their customers.  We are still tuning the economic model, for one 
thing, we are still trying to reach a consensus that $350 billion is 
enough to finance the operation through profitability
I have been trying to draft something that makes an international 
cooperative possible.  Try this for size.  Please comment.

"International provisions

"It is in the national interest of the United States for all 
countries to have access to abundant, low cost, renewable energy, 
particularly non nuclear energy.

"Therefore the market guarantee provisions of this legislation are 
open on a reciprocal basis to companies based in any country that 
enacts provisions essential identical market guarantees to those in 
the above financing model for the purchase of space based solar energy.

"Because world wide energy security contributes greatly to US 
national security, it is the intent of this legislation to remove 
barriers to shared technology to solve shared energy problems.  In 
particular, all technologies related to space based solar power are 
exempted from ITAR."


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