100 Per Cent Renewable: Energy Autonomy in Action by Peter Droege

By Peter Droege

The maximum problem of our time is to construct an international in line with the sustainable use of renewable strength. Our great dependence on fossil fuels has disillusioned the very climatic method that made human evolution attainable. the worldwide economic climate and its economic system are in jeopardy, working sizzling on brazenly reasonable but more and more expensive and quickly depleting oil. A a hundred% renewable global is obvious by means of many as an most unlikely dream in whatever however the very long-term. yet not just do progressively more projects and plans dare to make the swap yet many have already accomplished it.

This wealthy assortment offers a sequence of pioneering efforts and their champions, and the trails to their successes. starting from projects through participants to visions for corporations, groups and whole international locations, it defeats drained monetary and technical counter-arguments, exhibiting how the schemes featured not just can and do paintings yet accomplish that economically and with on hand know-how. The e-book is brought via incisive writing by way of Peter Droege, explaining the demanding situations and framing a roadmap in the direction of a a hundred% renewable truth.

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As another example of a partial, or ‘systems focused’ 100 per cent policy, the UK government pursues the goal for all new homes to be ‘zero carbon’ by 2016 – implying the need for a massive proliferation of local, distributed energy supplies. 1 per cent of UK renewable energy capacity is generated on public land has been used to illustrate both the woefully inadequate state of local community and city participation in renewable generation and its extraordinary potential as a future source (Slavin, 2007).

Today, almost 40MW of solar power and 500MW of natural gasfired electricity are generated on the site instead. The SMUD story and others like it also teach how challenging it can be to rebuild enlightened public control, once it has been abandoned. The privatization waves of the 1980s, when local and state power and water utilities and other public assets were sold to private operators, often international groups and investment schemes, are over. They have given way to the reacquisition of previous offloaded operations, as contemplated by the city of Amsterdam, or reassembled in imaginative ways, such as Danish cooperatives like Copenhagen’s alliance to fund, build and manage its offshore wind farm, the Middelgrunden Wind Turbine Cooperative.

This can take the wind out of the sails of genuinely renewable initiatives, quite literally. There is also an enormous gap in understanding or broad appreciation of the great differences between conventional, centrally sourced and controlled, and renewable, distributed energy systems. Fossil generators and nuclear reactors use increasingly rare, toxic and expensive resources, while most renewable sources are based on free, virtually unlimited and ubiquitous origins: sunlight. Associated with this difference are vastly different business models and interests.

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