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The Business of Renewable Energy

Acclaimed energy and natural resources specialist John Berger shows how renewable energy sources, energy efficiency, and electric vehicles, when used together, can sustain in healthy economy and give us back a clean environment, in Charging Ahead.   Dr. Berger projects an inspiring yet realistic vision of this energy future and profiles the leading energy scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs now creating the solar, wind, geothermal, electric vehicle, and biomass industries that will revolutionize our world.  Charging Ahead also realistically appraises current policies that have kept us reliant on oil, coal, uranium, and gas resources that pollute the atmosphere, exhaust our economy, and one day will become too expensive for the planet to bear.  In uncovering America's current energy crisis, Berger shows how we can eliminate hundreds of billions of dollars a year in energy waste.  Through engrossing tales of leading-edge companies, Charging Ahead dramatizes the high-stakes challenges of building the world's best solar power plants, solar cells, solar collectors, electric vehicles, and wind energy farms.

Overall performance, cost, market potential, and environmental impact are assessed for fuels and electricity derived from hydroelectric, wind, photovoltaics, solar-thermal, geothermal, ocean and biomass energy sources.  In addition, practical and specific recommendations for promoting the adoption of renewables on a broad scale are presented and analyzed.  Includes photographs, tables, figures, and index.

The authors identify recent deployments of new energy technologies by enterprising engineers, small entrepreneurs, and eccentric thinkers in countries around the world, providing an early glimpse of the massive changes ahead.

A Shock to the System:
Restructuring America's Electricity Industry

by Timothy Brennan
Paperback (1996)
Reinventing Electric Utilities:
Competition, Citizen Action, and Clean Power

by Ed Smeloff, Peter Asmus, Amory Lovins
Paperback (1996)

Good review of broad issues.   A good introduction to some of the important issues in electric utility deregulation.  Has a short history of the electric utility industry and the laws & regulations that have brought the industry to where it is today.  Outlines several of the possible market models that an electric utility market could take as it enters deregulation.  Issues identified are still being played out in the California utilities market.  Written at a level for the general public outside of the utility industry.  A reader from Los Angles, 1998

Reinventing Electric Utilities provides an excellent summation of the evolution of the electric utility industry and an easy to understand overview of energy deregulation.   The authors explain the legal and technical aspects of deregulation in a format both understandable to the novice and with technical savvy fitting any professional.   This book helps anyone understand the effects of deregulation on the future of energy and how all of us can promote clean power generation and transportation.   A reader from New York, 1999