Smart Power Anniversary Edition

Author: Peter Fox-Penner
Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 1610915909
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Few industries in the U.S. are as stuck in the past as our utilities are. In the face of growing challenges from climate change and the need for energy security, a system and a business model that each took more than a century to evolve must now be extensively retooled in the span of a few decades. Despite the need, many of the technologies and institutions needed are still being designed or tested. It is like rebuilding our entire airplane fleet, along with our runways and air traffic control system, while the planes are all up in the air filled with passengers. In this accessible and insightful book, Peter Fox-Penner considers how utilities interact with customers and how the Smart Grid could revolutionize their relationship. Turning to the supply side, he considers the costs of, and tradeoffs between, large-scale power sources such as coal plants and small-scale power sources close to customers. Finally, he looks at how utilities can respond to all of these challenges and remain viable, while financing hundreds of billions of dollars of investment without much of an increase in sales. Upon publication, Smart Power was praised as an instant classic on the future of energy utilities. This Anniversary Edition includes up-to-date assessments of the industry by such leading energy experts as Daniel Estes and Jim Rogers, as well as a new afterword from the author. Anyone who is interested in our energy future will appreciate the clear explanations and the in-depth analysis it offers.

Broadband Networks Smart Grids and Climate Change

Author: Eli M. Noam
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 146145266X
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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In smart grids the formerly separated worlds of energy and telecommunication converge to an interactive and automated energy supply system. Driven by social, legal, and economic pressures, energy systems around the globe are updated with information and communication technology. These investments aim at enhancing energy efficiency, securing affordable energy supply, and mitigate climate change. In Broadband Networks, Smart Grids and Climate Change, renowned scholars and managers from the fields of energy and telecommunication address key questions related to technological, strategic, and regulatory issues revealing consequences and opportunities for businesses evolving with smart grids. In particular, this book analyzes: (1) the effects on climate change protection (2) national energy and broadband politics (3) regulatory approaches and requirements (4) emerging business models

Smart Grid Redefined Transformation of the Electric Utility

Author: Subramanian Vadari
Publisher: Artech House
ISBN: 1630814784
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Written by a leading expert in the utility field, this practical resource guides professionals in the evolution of the Smart Grid and offers insight into distribution automation, storage, and microgrid. This book highlights the journey to a transformed electric utility, provides solid examples, and includes real-world case studies. Readers find guidance on new energy storage solutions and electric value chain disruptors. Professionals learn how to overcome challenges related to integrating supply and demand diversity. The book highlights how new technologies impact the day-to-day operations of a utility and how these technologies can transform the normal functioning of the utility. Discussions are provided about how a transformed utility can be a springboard to a smart city. Professionals will be able to apply the strategies of technologies in this resource to guide them to success in the field. This book defines the roadmap to the utility of the future and provides a vision for how utilities can thrive in their new environment.

Smart Grid R Evolution

Author: Jennie C. Stephens
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107047285
Format: PDF, Docs
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This book explores smart grid from a social perspective, for advanced students, academic researchers, and energy professionals.

The Business of Global Energy Transformation

Author: M. Larsson
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137024496
Format: PDF, Docs
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One of the first books to analyze business and financial aspects of sustainable transport and fuels systems and provides novel insights for researchers, managers, and politicians who work in energy and sustainability related areas.

Climate Change An Encyclopedia of Science and History 4 volumes

Author: Brian C. Black
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1598847627
Format: PDF, Docs
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This book provides a holistic consideration of climate change that goes beyond pure science, fleshing out the discussion by considering cultural, historical, and policy-driven aspects of this important issue. • Contributions from more than 100 experts • Excerpts from reports from international organizations such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) • Transcripts of speeches from world leaders on the climate change issue • Sidebars on the "climate-history connection" explore the possible links between climate and key events through history, such as the Classical Maya collapse • Essential, annotated primary sources • Quotes from policy makers, scientists, eyewitnesses to climate change, and social and cultural leaders

Bird on Fire

Author: Andrew Ross
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199912297
Format: PDF, ePub
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Phoenix, Arizona is one of America's fastest growing metropolitan regions. It is also its least sustainable one, sprawling over a thousand square miles, with a population of four and a half million, minimal rainfall, scorching heat, and an insatiable appetite for unrestrained growth and unrestricted property rights. In Bird on Fire, eminent social and cultural analyst Andrew Ross focuses on the prospects for sustainability in Phoenix--a city in the bull's eye of global warming--and also the obstacles that stand in the way. Most authors writing on sustainable cities look at places that have excellent public transit systems and relatively high density, such as Portland, Seattle, or New York. But Ross contends that if we can't change the game in fast-growing, low-density cities like Phoenix, the whole movement has a major problem. Drawing on interviews with 200 influential residents--from state legislators, urban planners, developers, and green business advocates to civil rights champions, energy lobbyists, solar entrepreneurs, and community activists--Ross argues that if Phoenix is ever to become sustainable, it will occur more through political and social change than through technological fixes. Ross explains how Arizona's increasingly xenophobic immigration laws, science-denying legislature, and growth-at-all-costs business ethic have perpetuated social injustice and environmental degradation. But he also highlights the positive changes happening in Phoenix, in particular the Gila River Indian Community's successful struggle to win back its water rights, potentially shifting resources away from new housing developments to producing healthy local food for the people of the Phoenix Basin. Ross argues that this victory may serve as a new model for how green democracy can work, redressing the claims of those who have been aggrieved in a way that creates long-term benefits for all. Bird on Fire offers a compelling take on one of the pressing issues of our time--finding pathways to sustainability at a time when governments are dismally failing in their responsibility to address climate change.

Smart Energy

Author: Hans-Gerd Servatius
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 9783642218200
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Namhafte Autoren aus Wissenschaft und Praxis beschreiben in diesem Buch, wie der Wandel des Energiesektors in Richtung auf mehr Nachhaltigkeit gelingen kann. Eine wichtige Rolle spielen dabei die sogenannten Smart-Technologien. In Kapiteln zu neuen Geschäftsmodellen, intelligenten Gebäuden, der Transformation zu Smart Grids, Smart Cities und Elektromobilität vermitteln die Autoren ihre neu gewonnenen Erkenntnisse auf den Gebieten Innovationsmanagement und Nachhaltigkeitsforschung sowie ihre Erfahrung mit zukunftsweisenden Projekten im Energiesektor.

Wenn sich die Fakten ndern

Author: Tony Judt
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 310403754X
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Das Vermächtnis eines legendären Historikers und wegweisenden Intellektuellen: »Wenn die Welt sich ändert« versammelt erstmals Tony Judts wichtigste Essays in einem Buch. Die Texte reflektieren die großen Themen, die ihn zeitlebens beschäftigten – Europa und der Kalte Krieg, Israel und der Holocaust, 9/11 und die neue Weltordnung. Zudem dokumentieren sie die Entwicklung seiner Denkweise und die bemerkenswerte Beständigkeit seines leidenschaftlichen Engagements sowie seine intellektuelle Energie. Judt brachte Geschichte und Gegenwart zusammen wie kaum ein anderer Denker seiner Zeit. Die vorliegenden Essays lassen uns die Welt, in der wir leben, mit neuen Augen sehen. Mit einem Vorwort von Jennifer Homans.

Smart Grids

Author: A B M Shawkat Ali
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1447152107
Format: PDF, Docs
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A Smart Grid delivers renewable energy as a main source of electricity from producers to consumers using two-way monitoring through Smart Meter technology that can remotely control consumer electricity use. This can help to storage excess energy; reduce costs, increase reliability and transparency, and make processes more efficiently. Smart Grids: Opportunities, Developments, and Trends discusses advances in Smart Grid in today’s dynamic and rapid growing global economical and technological environments. Current development in the field are systematically explored with an introduction, detailed discussion and an experimental demonstration. Each chapter also includes the future scope and ongoing research for each topic. Smart Grids: Opportunities, Developments, and Trends provides up to date knowledge, research results, and innovations in Smart Grids spanning design, implementation, analysis and evaluation of Smart Grid solutions to the challenging problems in all areas of power industry. Providing a solid foundation for graduate and postgraduate students, this thorough approach also makes Smart Grids: Opportunities, Developments, and Trends a useful resource and hand book for researchers and practitioners in Smart Grid research. It can also act as a guide to Smart Grids for industry professionals and engineers from different fields working with Smart Grids.