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Switching to Renewable Power: A Framework for the 21st century

Edited By: Volkmar Lauber

268 pages, Figures, tables


Hardback | Dec 2005 | #153057 | ISBN: 184407241X
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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


Introduction; Part I: Context; Oil and Gas Depletion; Renewable Energy and Climate Change Policies; RE and Third World Development; The Potential to Replace Conventional Sources; Part II: Policies to Develop Renewable Electricity and its Generation Technologies; Danish Wind Power Policies; German Politics and Policies; British Policy; The Texas Renewable Portfolio Standard; European Union Policy; Part III: Evaluation of Policies and Approaches; The Economic Prospect; Political Prices or Political Quantities?; Feed-in Tariffs and Quota/Certificate Systems; International Politics and Policy; Part IV: Conclusion; Necessary Changes in the Regulatory Framework; Index.

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Volkmar Lauber (ed) is professor of political science at the University of Salzburg, Austria

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