Learning from Wind Power

Governance, Societal and Policy Perspectives on Sustainable Energy
Author: Joseph Szarka,Richard Cowell,Geraint Ellis,Peter A. Strachan,Charles Warren
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137265272
Category: Science
Page: 259
View: 2009
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Bringing together contributions from leading researchers, this volume reflects on the political, institutional and social factors that have shaped the recent expansion of wind energy, and to consider what lessons this experience may provide for the future expansion of other renewable technologies.

Renewable Energies and European Landscapes

Lessons from Southern European Cases
Author: Marina Frolova,María-José Prados,Alain Nadaï
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9401798435
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 299
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This book provides timely, multidisciplinary cross-national comparison of the institutional and social processes through which renewable energy landscapes have emerged in Southern Europe. On the basis of case studies in these countries, it analyzes the way in which and the extent to which the development of renewable energies has affected landscape forms and whether or not it has contributed to a reformulation of landscape practices and values in these countries. Landscape is conceived broadly, as a material, social, political and historical process embedded into the local realm, going beyond aesthetic. The case studies analyze renewable energy landscapes in Southern Europe on different political and geographical scales and compare different types of renewable energy such as wind, hydro, solar and biomass power. The contributors are leading experts from Spain, France, Italy and Portugal. The book is intended for researchers, graduate students and professionals interested in geography, landscape and planning.

The Politics and Institutions of Global Energy Governance


Author: Thijs Van de Graaf
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137320737
Category: Political Science
Page: 206
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From climate change over shale gas to the race for the Arctic, energy makes headlines in international politics almost daily. Thijs Van de Graaf argues that energy is in dire need of global governance. He traces the history of international energy cooperation from the notorious 'Seven Sisters' oil-companies cartel to the recent creation of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). He analyses how international institutions have been created for securing oil rents, coordinating consumer-countries' energy security policies, promoting producer-consumer dialogue, managing regional gas markets, and dealing with energy-related environmental externalities. Drawing on the emerging regime complexity literature, he constructs a novel analytical framework to explain the fragmented architecture of global energy governance, and studies prospects for institutional reform at the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the G8/G20.

The Governance of Energy in China

Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy
Author: P. Andrews-Speed
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 113728403X
Category: Social Science
Page: 259
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The way in which energy is governed in China is driving its rising level of carbon dioxide emissions. This book analyses the nature of energy governance in China by combining ideas relating to transition management with institutionalist theories, which helps to identify factors which assist or constrain the country's path to a low-carbon economy.

Wind Power in Europe

Politics, Business and Society
Author: J. Szarka
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230286674
Category: Political Science
Page: 228
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At a time when humanity is challenged by fossil fuel depletion and climate change, this book explains the development of wind power as a major energy growth sector, stressing the interactions between political, economic and social dimensions as the key to understanding public acceptability and uptake.

Sustainable Power Technologies and Infrastructure

Energy Sustainability and Prosperity in a Time of Climate Change
Author: Galen J. Suppes,Truman S. Storvick
Publisher: Academic Press
ISBN: 0128039280
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 412
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This book presents an overview of current renewable energy sources, challenges and future trends. Drawing from their longtime expertise and deep knowledge of the field, the authors present a critic and well-structured perspective on sustainable power sources and technologies, including solar, wind, hydrogen and nuclear, both in large and small scale. Using accessible language they provide rigorous technological reviews and analyze the main issues of practical usage. The book addresses current questions in this area, such as: "Is there enough biomass to make a difference in energy needs? Should biomass be used in Energy Generation?"; "How mature is battery technology? Will it finally become cost effective, and will it make a significant difference this next decade?"; "How big a role will small and modular nuclear power generation play in the coming decades?"; "What will be the influence of national tax policies?". No prior technical knowledge is assumed of the reader. It is, therefore, ideal for professionals and students in all areas of energy and power systems, as well as those involved in energy planning, management and policy. Presents a realistic and clear overview of the key sustainable energy technologies that will play important roles in the world’s energy mix and their impact on the current power infrastructure. Discusses key societal and economic topics related to the implementation of sustainable energy sources in a straightforward way. Covers a broad variety of sustainable and renewable energy sources, including hydrogen and bioenergy. It also explores key issues on small modular nuclear facilities, advances in battery technologies, grid integration, off-grid communities and the most recent topics in energy economics and policy.

Wind Power in China 2008

An Analysis of the Status Quo and Perspectives for Development
Author: Paul Recknagel
Publisher: diplom.de
ISBN: 3836633388
Category: Science
Page: 119
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Inhaltsangabe:Introduction: The last two years mark a turning point in public perception of human-induced climate change as a problem of global importance. The widespread acceptance that most of the observed increase in globally-averaged temperatures since the mid-20th century is very likely due to the observed increase in anthropogenic greenhouse gas [GHG] concentrations' has increased political pressure on governments to reduce GHG emissions. At the same time, rising oil prices have made the reduction of dependence on energy imports and diversification of the energy mix strategic imperatives for many countries around the world. While governments worldwide are confronted with this dual challenge, it is of special relevance to China. On the one hand, China has recently become the world s largest emitter of CO2, accounting for 24% of global annual CO2 emissions. China is therefore one of the most important players to effectively mitigate global warming and pressure from governments around the world on China to join emission reductions efforts is mounting. On the other hand, energy demand is growing exponentially and China is increasingly relying on energy imports to satisfy energy needs. Worried that growing dependency on energy imports may be accompanied by foreign-policy and economic pressures that might threaten national security as well as social and political stability, China has implemented a number of policies to address this issue ranging from policies to save energy and reduce energy intensity, to the diversification of oil supply sources and routes, the support of equity oil overseas acquisitions and the build up of strategic oil reserves to the diversification of the energy portfolio. In line with the objective to diversify the composition of the energy mix, China s leadership is increasingly realizing the need to reduce emissions and support renewable energy development. At a recently held Politburo study session, President Hu Jintao exclaimed: Our task is tough, and our time is limited. Party organisations and governments at all levels must give priority to emission reduction and bring the idea deep into people's hearts . To address the issue of energy security, the Chinese government has adapted a two-pronged approach. While measures to promote energy savings and efficiency curb the increase in energy demand, the support of renewable and nuclear energy reduces dependency on energy imports and contributes to the broadening of the [...]

Renewable Energy Governance

Complexities and Challenges
Author: Evanthie Michalena,Jeremy Maxwell Hills
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1447155955
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 397
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This book focuses on Renewable Energy (RE) governance - the institutions, plans, policies and stakeholders that are involved in RE implementation - and the complexities and challenges associated with this much discussed energy area. Whilst RE technologies have advanced and become cheaper, governance schemes rarely support those technologies in an efficient and cost-effective way. To illustrate the problem, global case-studies delicately demonstrate successes and failures of renewable energy governance. RE here is considered from a number of perspectives: as a regional geopolitical agent, as a tool to meet national RE targets and as a promoter of local development. The book considers daring insights on RE transitions, governmental policies as well as financial tools, such as Feed-in-Tariffs; along with their inefficiencies and costs. This comprehensive probing of RE concludes with a treatment of what we call the “Mega-What” question - who is benefitting the most from RE and how society can get the best deal? After reading this book, the reader will have been in contact with all aspects of RE governance and be closer to the pulse of RE mechanisms. The reader should also be able to contribute more critically to the dialogue about RE rather than just reinforce the well-worn adage that “RE is a good thing to happen”.

Lifelong Learning and Education in Healthy and Sustainable Cities


Author: U.M. Azeiteiro,M. AKERMAN,W. Leal Filho,A.F.F. Setti,L.L. Brandli
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 331969474X
Category: Science
Page: 635
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This book presents essential insights into lifelong learning and education in healthy and sustainable cities, providing a basis for strategies to help achieve the 2030 Agenda sustainable development and health promotion goals. The interface between environment, health and lifelong learning is fundamental to attaining these goals, and as such, the book gathers interdisciplinary reflections from researchers, educators and other experts concerning the links between environmental quality, human health, human education and well-being, and addressing inequality, unplanned urbanization, migration, lifestyles, and consumption and production patterns. Topics include: Urban planning to address inequality in health and urban poverty; Healthy cities and healthy environments; Governance for sustainable development; Social determinants of health oriented on sustainable development goals; Education and lifelong learning for sustainability; Energy security, access and efficiency; Sustainable cities, buildings and infrastructure.

Green Power

Perspectives on Sustainable Electricity Generation
Author: Joao Neiva de Figueiredo,Mauro F. Guillén
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 1466590491
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 603
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Green Power: Perspectives on Sustainable Electricity Generation provides a systematic overview of the current state of green power and renewable electrical energy production in the world. Presenting eight in-depth case studies of green power production and dissemination, it illustrates the experiences and best practices of various countries on this topic of critical importance. The book’s case studies provide readers with policy, business, and societal perspectives. They examine the differences in each country’s natural endowments, cultural make-up, technological development, public-policy concerns, and institutional incentive structures relative to the advancement of green and sustainable energy. Considers China’s energy profile and what is being done to reduce the country’s reliance on coal Describes the cultural foundations and institutional environment that gave birth to Germany’s energy revolution Supplies an overview of the renewable energy sector in Spain and analyzes its future prospects in light of recent economic difficulties Reports on French Polynesia’s progress in its quest to generate half of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020 Investigates the feasibility of biomass as a large-scale electricity generation option Explores the vision of power generation in space that could solve mankind’s energy needs permanently By illustrating the experiences of other nations, the book outlines valuable lessons learned and best practices that can be extremely helpful to other countries as they seek a greener energy profile. Supplying a timely overview of renewable and non-renewable electric power sources, it provides in-depth analysis of the key factors that affect success. It also identifies practices that have been precursors to failure so you can avoid making the same mistakes in your quest to contribute to the long-overdue advancement of green energy.

Deploying Renewables 2011

Best and Future Policy Practice
Author: International Energy Agency
Publisher: OCDE
ISBN: N.A
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 182
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The global energy system faces urgent challenges. Concerns about energy security are growing, as highlighted by the recent political turmoil in Northern Africa and the nuclear incident in Fukushima. At the same time, the need to respond to climate change is more critical than ever. Against this background, many governments have increased efforts to promote deployment of renewable energy - low-carbon sources that can strengthen energy security. This has stimulated unprecedented rise in deployment, and renewables are now the fastest growing sector of the energy mix. This "coming of age" of renewable energy also brings challenges. Growth is focused on a few of the available technologies, and rapid deployment is confined to a relatively small number of countries. In more advanced markets, managing support costs and system integration of large shares of renewable energy in a time of economic weakness and budget austerity has sparked vigorous political debate.

Germany's Energy Transition

A Comparative Perspective
Author: Carol Hager,Christoph H. Stefes
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137442883
Category: Political Science
Page: 235
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This book analyzes Germany's path-breaking Energiewende, the country's transition from an energy system based on fossil and nuclear fuels to a sustainable energy system based on renewables. The authors explain Germany's commitment to a renewable energy transition on multiple levels of governance, from the local to the European, focusing on the sources of institutional change that made the transition possible. They then place the German case in international context through comparative case studies of energy transitions in the USA, China, and Japan. These chapters highlight the multifaceted challenges, and the enormous potential, in different paths to a sustainable energy future. Taken together, they tell the story of one of the most important political, economic, and social undertakings of our time.

Green Illusions

The Dirty Secrets of Clean Energy and the Future of Environmentalism
Author: Ozzie Zehner
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 0803243367
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 437
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We don’t have an energy crisis. We have a consumption crisis. And this book, which takes aim at cherished assumptions regarding energy, offers refreshingly straight talk about what’s wrong with the way we think and talk about the problem. Though we generally believe we can solve environmental problems with more energy—more solar cells, wind turbines, and biofuels—alternative technologies come with their own side effects and limitations. How, for instance, do solar cells cause harm? Why can’t engineers solve wind power’s biggest obstacle? Why won’t contraception solve the problem of overpopulation lying at the heart of our concerns about energy, and what will? This practical, environmentally informed, and lucid book persuasively argues for a change of perspective. If consumption is the problem, as Ozzie Zehner suggests, then we need to shift our focus from suspect alternative energies to improving social and political fundamentals: walkable communities, improved consumption, enlightened governance, and, most notably, women’s rights. The dozens of first steps he offers are surprisingly straightforward. For instance, he introduces a simple sticker that promises a greater impact than all of the nation’s solar cells. He uncovers why carbon taxes won’t solve our energy challenges (and presents two taxes that could). Finally, he explores how future environmentalists will focus on similarly fresh alternatives that are affordable, clean, and can actually improve our well-being. Watch a book trailer.

Renewable Energy, Technology and the Environment


Author: A. A. M. Sayigh
Publisher: Newnes
ISBN: 0323161995
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 3500
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Renewable Energy: Technology and the Environment comprises 106 chapters, with the first focusing on integrated resource planning. The following chapters delve into such topics as electricity from geothermal energy; wave energy prospects and prototypes; renewable energy policies for the nineties and beyond; and renewable energy technologies in developing countries. These topics are followed by discussions on harnessing the tax system to benefit alternative energy; energy-meteorology; development energy and environment; solar energy education; solar hydrogen; sky brightness during twilight; and solar instrumentation used in meteorology. Other chapters cover self-acting system tracking for pyrheliometers; directly coupled turbine-induction generator systems for low-cost micro-hydro power; and the utilization of genetic algorithm for the optimal design of a pneumatic hydro-power device. The remaining chapters present field experiments of a wave power converter with caisson breakwater; technical potentials of renewable energies; and air pollution modification due to energy supply diversification. This book will be of interest to practitioners in the fields of meteorology and environmental studies.

A Critical Review of Scottish Renewable and Low Carbon Energy Policy


Author: Geoffrey Wood,Keith Baker
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319568981
Category: Political Science
Page: 225
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This book offers comprehensive coverage of current energy policy in Scotland focussing on non-fossil fuel energy options: renewables, nuclear power and energy efficiency. Covering issues of policy and practice, planning, legislation and regulation of a range of sustainable energy technologies in the context of devolved government, key experts explore these issues in terms of the ongoing Scottish independence debate, Brexit and further devolution in this vitally important and timely book. The book emphasises two further distinctive areas: constitutional change and the role of sub-national authorities in renewable and low carbon energy policy and practice. The clear focus on renewable and low carbon energy policy and practice and sub-national authority level of governance of energy means that it will be of particular relevance as a case study for those countries either in the process of deploying renewable and/or low carbon energy technologies or looking to do so. The authors discuss the many lessons to be learnt from the Scottish and UK experience. By providing a critical analysis of Scottish renewable and low carbon energy policy and practice, this book is invaluable to students, practitioners and decision-makers interested in renewable and low carbon energy transitions, energy planning and policy.

Energy Policy in the U.S.

Politics, Challenges, and Prospects for Change
Author: Laurance R. Geri,David E. McNabb
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351568299
Category: Political Science
Page: 328
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In an effort to provide greater awareness of the necessary policy decisions facing our elected and appointed officials, Energy Policy in the U.S.: Politics, Challenges, and Prospects for Change presents an overview of important energy policies and the policy process in the United States, including their history, goals, methods of action, and consequences. In the first half of the book, the authors frame the energy policy issue by reviewing U.S. energy policy history, identifying the policy-making players, and illuminating the costs, benefits, and economic and political realities of currently competing policy alternatives. The book examines the stakeholders and their attempts to influence energy policy and addresses the role of supply and demand on the national commitment to energy conservation and the development of alternative energy sources. The latter half of the book delves into specific energy policy strategies, including economic and regulatory options, and factors that influence energy policies, such as the importance of international cooperation. Renewed interest in various renewable and nontraditional energy resources—for example, hydrogen, nuclear fusion, biomass, and tide motion—is examined, and policy agendas are explored in view of scientific, economic, regulatory, production, and environmental constraints. This book provides excellent insight into the complex task of creating a comprehensive energy policy and its importance in the continued availability of energy to power our way of life and economy while protecting our environment and national security.

International Seminar on Nuclear War and Planetary Emergencies, 34th Session

Energy, Nuclear and Renewable Energy ... : "E. Majorana" Centre for Scientific Culture, Erice, Italy, 19-24 Aug. 2005
Author: Richard C. Ragaini,Antonino Zichichi
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 9812773894
Category: Science
Page: 472
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Since its inception in 1981, the Erice Seminars from which this book series originates have attracted the attention of world leaders in science, technology and culture. This latest volume in the series covers a wide range of topics OCo from energy studies and research to disarmament and cultural emergencies. In addition to the main topics, the book also includes an associated workshop program (the 33rd Session) focusing on cultural emergencies, specifically designing and building in resilience against chemical, biological and radiological attacks. Sample Chapter(s). Chapter 1: The 34th Session of the International Seminars on Planetary Emergencies and Associated Meetings (296 KB). Contents: Energy: Nuclear and Renewable Energy: Nuclear Power in Europe (A Birkhofer); The Asian Nuclear Power Issue (A Miyahara); Climatology: Global Warming: Observational Climate Data and Comparison with Models (D H Douglass); Understanding Common Climate Claims (R S Lindzen); AIDS and Infectious Diseases: New Threats from Infectious Agents: Ebola Viral, Haemorrhagic Fever, Nipah Encephalities, SARS Avian Influenza: Episodes in a Never Ending Story? (J-C Manuguerra); Emerging Virus Infectious in a Changing World (A D M E Osterhaus); Brain Diseases: Update: Update on Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (H Budka); Limits of Development: Migration: A West African Point of View on Migration (M Diop); Migration in the 21st Century OCo A Mexican Perspective (A Gonzilez-Pozo); Pollution: Science and Technology: Subsurface Laser Drilling Applications (R Parker & L Everett); Desertification: Remote Sensing and Desertification: Desertification in the Sahel Revisited (L Olsson); Integrated Approaches to Desertification (E F Lambin); Permanent Monitoring Panel Meetings and Reports: Major Shortcomings in US Immigration Policy: Get Tough or Get Real? (C D Ellis); Conceptual Approach in the Creation and Implementation of the National Strategy for Sustainable Development of the Republic of Macedonia (M Milosevska); Disarmament and Cultural Emergencies: Non-Proliferation, Evolution OCo Minimal Life: Will the Non-Proliferation Treaty Survive? (H Wegener); Comments on the Non-Proliferation Treaty (R Wilson); Energy Workshop: Carbon Sequestration and Storage OCo The Needs (H Khatib); Consensus and Disagreement on Climate Change Due to Carbon Dioxide (K S Lackner); Information Security Workshop: Implementing Information Security and Its Technology: A Line Management Perspective (W A Barletta); Contributions and Recommendations for Bridging the Digital Divide (A Lehmann); Workshop on Building Resilience Associated with the 33rd Session (Terrorism) OCo 5OCo6 May 2005: The Biological Threat (R Dierstein & A Driks); Damage Mitigation of Buildings Against Blast Loading (C Mayrhofer); and other papers. Readership: Scientists, academics, psychologists, sociologists, political analysts, historians and government officials."

Scale-Sensitive Governance of the Environment


Author: Frans Padt,Paul Opdam,Nico Polman,Catrien Termeer
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118567129
Category: Science
Page: 344
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Sensitivity to scales is one of the key challenges in environmental governance. Climate change, food production, energy supply, and natural resource management are examples of environmental challenges that stretch across scales and require action at multiple levels. Governance systems are typically ill-equipped for this task due to organisational and jurisdictional specialisation and short-term planning horizons. Further to this, scientific knowledge is fragmented along disciplinary lines and research traditions in academia and research institutions. State-of-the-art, Scale-Sensitive Governance of the Environment addresses these challenges by establishing the foundation for a new, trans-disciplinary research field. It brings together and reframes a variety of disciplinary approaches, using the idea of scales to create a conceptual and methodological basis for scale-sensitive governance of the environment from both a natural and social science perspective. This volume presents new visions, methods and innovative applications of thinking and decision making across scales in space and time to develop a holistic view on the subject. It is unique in providing: F analysis on how spatial, temporal, and governance scales are constructed, politically and scientifically defined, institutionalized in governance practices, and strategically used in policy discourses F details on how current environmental governance practices can be enriched by the use of theory on scale, with specific research themes to show the benefits of recognizing scales in empirical research F insightful case studies drawn from countries in the Americas, Eastern and Southern Africa, Europe, and South and Southeastern Asia, covering a wide range of environmental topics including biodiversity, climate change, commodities (tea and palm oil), cultural landscapes, energy, forestry, natural resource management, pesticides, urban development, and water management. With its comprehensive coverage of scale and scaling issues and convergence of widely different scientific approaches, this book is essential for environmental scientists, policy makers and planners, also conservation biologists and ecologists who are involved in modeling climate change impacts and sustainability. This reference will also benefit students of environmental studies, and all those who seek a response to the urgent environmental governance challenges for the decades ahead.