By Phil O'Keefe, Geoff O'Brien and Nicola Pearsall
the success of its predecessor, this second edition of The Future of
Energy Use provides essential analysis of the use of different forms of
energy and their environmental and social impacts. It examines
conventional, nuclear and renewable sources and technologies, using
relevant case studies and providing a vital link between technology and
related policy issues. The new edition has been comprehensively
developed and updated, including new text, diagrams and tables, with
entire new sections that reflect the significant changes that have
occurred since the first edition.
New material includes: a stronger focus on climate change policy and
energy security; a discussion of the long run marginal costs of oil;
coverage of the biofuels debate in both the developed and developing
worlds; an outline of developments in the built environment (including
transport issues); and the relationship between behaviour and energy
use. It reviews policy shifts with relation to energy efficiency,
carbon capture and storage, combined heat and power, and combined cycle
gas turbines. There is new coverage of nuclear waste, storage and
proliferation, and new material on microgeneration and biofuels, as
well as essential new information on carbon markets and the hydrogen
economy. The result is a unique introduction and guide to all the vital
issues within energy for students, academics and professionals new to
'An essential and salutary read for those who want an informed energy debate.'
Dr Yacob Mulugetta, Centre for Environmental Strategy, University of Surrey, UK
is a comprehensive global overview of the immediate and medium-term
problems of energy futures and a useful summary for academics. It is
also a critical call to politicians to get moving.'
Paul Raskin, Director, Tellus Institute, USA
1. The Changing Energy Landscape
2. Cost of Energy and Scenario Planning
3. Energy and Development Planning
4. Efficiency of End-Use
5. Conventional Fuels
6. Nuclear Energy
7. Renewable Energy Resources
8. Energy Futures
Appendix 1: Global Energy Resources
Appendix 2: Global Carbon Dioxide Emissions
Appendix 3: Global Warming Potential
Appendix 4: Measurements and Conversion Tables
Appendix 5: Cost Benefit Analysis
About the Authors:
Phil O'Keefe is
Director of ETC UK, a not-for-profit development organization, and
Professor of Economic Development and Environmental Management at
Northumbria University, UK.
Dr Geoff O'Brien is a senior lecturer at Northumbria University.
Professor Nicola Pearsall is the Director of Northumbria Photovoltaics
Applications Centre (NPAC) and group leader for the Energy Systems and
Materials research group in the School of Computing, Engineering and
Information Sciences, Northumbria University.
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