268 pages, Figures, tables
Renewable energy has enjoyed relatively good growth in recent years, in particular PV and wind; but it will be difficult to sustain such rates of diffusion on a global basis. A more complete transition to renewable energy is required on a demanding timescale set by climate change and fossil fuel depletion. This book analyses strategies for promoting renewable energy within the context of a rapid energy transition.
Having described the global context in detail, covering oil and gas depletion, climate change, third world development and the potential for renewable energy, the authors evaluate support mechanisms at national and international levels, offering readers a clear understanding of the regulatory framework and an opportunity to promote renewable energy effectively.
Editor Lauber offers a very useful guide to policy makers who must write the rules concerning renewable power projects. The book emphasizes wind projects as they are the most important in the near term. Although technically the problem of producing wind-generated electrical power in commercial quantities is solved, there are several ways to achieve optimal social results. the Individual chapter authors are experts from many countries and their combined international expertise is invaluable. The problem is in seeking a balance between the producer, financers, governmental agencies, consumers, and existing power-supplying infrastructure. Many charts, graphs, and an extensive bibliography plus a notes section follow each chapter. For all students of the energy field. Summing Up: highly recommended. General readers; lower-division undergraduates; graduate students; faculty; professionals; two-year technical program students.--J. C. Comer, emeritus, Northern Illinois University in CHOICE
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