In our original paper [Phys. Rev. Applied 6, 014017 (2016)], we considered electric power generation from Earth's rotation through its own magnetic field. Jeener claims to prove that no such effect is possible [Phys. Rev. Applied 13, 028001 (2020)]. But this conclusion results from a failure to recognize a distinction between the corotation with Earth of the nonaxially symmetric components of Earth's magnetic field and the nonrotation with Earth of the axially symmetric components. We use Earth's geomagnetic field to demonstrate the important consequences of this distinction. Because the distinction has considerable empirical support, Jeener's argument is likely incorrect.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)