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Energy Switch: Proven solutions for a renewable future

by Craig Morris
£11.50   paperback  New Society Publishers (2006)

Energy Switch: Proven solutions for a renewable future by Craig Morris Declining oil supplies are prompting a frantic search for sources of energy that can replace petroleum. But many of the proposed alternatives - such as coal and nuclear power - pose unacceptable environmental impacts. Renewable energy sources, on the other hand, can contribute significantly to a future where energy supplies can be sustained over time. Energy Switch details this momentous transition and proposes that the remaining non-renewable resources be used to develop a long-term supply of renewable energy.
 
A renewable energy leader two decades ago, the US now lags behind Germany and Japan. Energy Switch pays special attention to Germany's success, exploring what can be learned from its experience. The book examines:
 
* The shortcomings and benefits of a variety of energy sources: oil, nuclear, coal, biomass, natural gas, wind, PV, geothermal, hydrogen, wave and tidal power.
 
* Ecological taz reform and tax rebates, quotas and net metering, and the role of privatization.
 
* The success of efficiency measures, the vision of demand management - tailoring power consumption to intermittent supply - and the phenomenon of virtual power plants.
 
* How the secret of success may lie in attitudes and policies, rather than in technology.
 
Written for a popular audience, Energy Switch will appeal to all those concerned with the future of energy and our society as we ride out the 21st century.

ISBN 13: 9780865715592 | ISBN 10: 0865715599