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Green Energy Economies
The Search for Clean and Renewable Energy

ISBN 9781412853750
Published May 30, 2014 by Routledge
382 Pages

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Book Description

Green Energy Economies offers insight into the major drivers that are shaping a new future powered by clean energy sources. Assembling cutting-edge researchers as contributors, the book provides a comprehensive account of the shift underway, examining in detail the complexities and intricacies involved with such a transition.

The book first details the promises and problems of a green energy transition. Next, it explores the economic benefits that a comprehensive strategy toward a green energy economy might create. Then it investigates how communities will be affected and explores the social, cultural, and other changes that are likely to result. Finally, it explores the shift toward new technologies in-depth. Green Energy Economies concludes with policy options that support a transition to a better energy, environmental, and economic future.

The contributors argue that a green energy economy offers great promise, but its realization will require making hard choices, and soon. They argue for investments in renewable energy and economic systems that can deliver a sustainable and equitable future. This book makes a forceful case for a green future.

Table of Contents


Part I: Promises and Threats

1. The Promise of a Green Energy Economy
John Byrne, Young-Doo Wang, Job Taminiau, and Leon Mach
2. The (New) Thirty Years' War: Fighting for Global Energy Dominance
Michael T. Klare
3. Listening to the Planet and Building a Sustainable Energy Economy
Daniel M. Kammen

Part II: The Economic Opportunity

4. Job Creation through Green Energy Economy
Robert Wendling and Roger Bezdek
5. The Link between Energy Efficiency, Useful Work, and a Robust Economy
John A. "Skip" Laitner
6. A Green Energy Manufacturing Stimulus Strategy
Jon Rynn

Part III: The Need for New Communities

7. Transitioning to Eco-Cities: Reducing Carbon Emissions while Improving Urban Welfare
Susan Roaf
8. Energized: The Evolution of the Modern Building
Peter C. Syrett
9. Sustainable Transport: Managing Auto Dependence through Travel Time Budgets
Peter Newman and Lee Schipper

Part IV: Changing the Technology Base

10. High Efficiency Photovoltaics Lead to Low Energy Cost
Allen Barnett and Xiaoting Wang
11. The Need for a Storage Revolution for a Green Energy Economy
Bryan Yonemoto, Gregory Hutchings, and Feng Jiao
12. Hydrogen Fuel Cells: Current Status and Potential for Future Deployment
Ajay K. Prasad
13. Nuclear Power: Is It Worth the Risks?
Kathleen M. Saul and John H. Perkins

Part V: Policy Agenda

14. Why a Green Energy Economy Requires a Smart Grid
Miriam Horn and Elizabeth B. Stein
15. Integrated Green Energy Approaches
Peter D. Lund
16. Drivers for Change
Job Taminiau, Young-Doo Wang, and John Byrne



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