By Peter Droege
The maximum problem of our time is to construct an international in line with the sustainable use of renewable energy. Our huge dependence on fossil fuels has disappointed the very climatic method that made human evolution attainable. the worldwide financial system and its economic system are in jeopardy, working scorching on openly affordable but more and more high priced and speedy depleting oil. A a hundred% renewable international is noticeable by means of many as an most unlikely dream in something however the very long-term. yet not just do an increasing number of projects and plans dare to make the swap yet many have already completed it.
This wealthy assortment provides a chain of pioneering efforts and their champions, and the trails to their successes. starting from projects by way of contributors to visions for corporations, groups and whole nations, it defeats drained financial and technical counter-arguments, exhibiting how the schemes featured not just can and do paintings yet accomplish that economically and with to be had know-how. The ebook is brought by means of incisive writing by way of Peter Droege, explaining the demanding situations and framing a roadmap in the direction of a a hundred% renewable fact.
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Investment in distributed, local energy is still key – it affords 70–80 per cent efficiency even when using fossil sources – in contrast to the 30 per cent of traditional, centralized thermal plants (Casten, 2003). And third is the nurturing and deployment of bold civic leadership to act in partnership with communitybased organizations, industry and business. Once these elements are put in place and acted upon, nothing can stand in the way of rapid, positive change towards a 100 per cent renewable world.
Fossil fuel, while triggering the great explosion of mechanization known as the Industrial Revolution, may not have been the most essential ingredient in advancing human civilization, compared to the philosophical and scientific breakthroughs leading to it. Renewable systems could have supported equally valuable if different forms of progress: a solar industrial revolution may not have led to intercontinental missiles, mass aviation, industrial fertilizers, DDT, mass production and throwaway society, but many features of progress and change could easily be imagined based on renewable power alone.
States and large, powerful metropolitan governments, but also smaller communities with a firm sense of purpose and a modicum of business acumen and corporate discipline, can act to as virtual utilities. Delaware’s Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU), has operated since 2008 and has possibly the most comprehensive strategy in the US – chartered to lower all energy consumption by 30 per cent, in transport, businesses and homes by 2015. It also involves an equally comprehensive distributed renewable energy programme – to install 300MW in new renewable capacity by 2019, hoping to reduce carbon emissions by 30 per cent over 2000 figures, in 2020.