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Ochs, Alexander
Sustainable energy roadmaps : guiding the global shift to domestic renewables / Alexander Ochs and Shakuntala Makhijani with Xing Fu-Bertaux, Matt Lucky, and Sam Shrank ; Lisa Mastny, editor
Washington, D.C. : Worldwatch Institute, c2012
book jacket
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Subject(s) Renewable energy sources -- Planning
Renewable energy sources -- Government policy
Renewable energy sources -- Economic aspects
Energy policy
Environmental policy
Renewable natural resources
Energy industries
Sustainable development
Physical Description 46 p. : col. ill., col. charts ; 28 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 42-45)
Summary Worldwide, over 1.3 billion people lack access to electricity and another 1 billion have unreliable access, with enormous consequences for their everyday lives. In addition, many countries spend a high share of their GDP on fossil fuel imports, making them dependent on foreign energy supplies and vulnerable to price fluctuations. The burning of fossil fuels pollutes local environments, endangers the health of citizens, and exacerbates global climate change. Fortunately, alternatives to our currently unsustainable energy system exist. Although progress has been slow on reaching a global agreement to address human-caused climate change, recent years have seen vast improvements in energy efficiency as well as unprecedented growth in renewable energy. Communities around the world are demonstrating the possibility of moving toward energy systems that are environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable. This volume's roadmaps provide decision makers with a comprehensive toolkit for transitioning to sustainable energy. They examine opportunities for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and grid technologies; explore technical barriers and opportunities; and analyze socioeconomic impacts, including job creation. The roadmaps can be applied in a wide variety of locations and at multiple levels of political organization, offering a long-term vision for energy development as well as specific policy, governance, and financial steps that are critical to making the shift to sustainable energy a reality
Contents The unsustainability of the current energy system -- Sustainable energy for all -- Sustainable energy roadmaps -- Analyzing energy efficiency potentials -- Assessing renewable energy resource potentials -- Integrating renewables into the grid -- Assessing socioeconomic impacts of the renewable energy transition -- Reforming policy, governance, and finance -- Insights from a case study: energy roadmap for the Dominican Republic -- Roadmaps for the future
NOTE 519593
Series Worldwatch report ; 187
Alternate Author Makhijani, Shakuntala
Fu-Bertaux, Xing
Lucky, Matt
Shrank, Sam
Mastny, Lisa
Worldwatch Institute

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