9781603584098

Power from the People : How to Organize, Finance, and Launch Local Energy Projects

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  • ISBN13:

    9781603584098

  • ISBN10:

    1603584099

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-08-13
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Pub Co

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Summary

Over 90 percent of US power generation comes from large, centralized, highly polluting, nonrenewable sources of energy. It is delivered through long, brittle transmission lines, and then is squandered through inefficiency and waste. But it doesn't have to be that way. Communities can indeed produce their own local, renewable energy. Power from the Peopleexplores how homeowners, co-ops, nonprofit institutions, governments, and businesses are putting power in the hands of local communities through distributed energy programs and energy-efficiency measures.Using examples from around the nation - and occasionally from around the world - Greg Pahl explains how to plan, organize, finance, and launch community-scale energy projects that harvest energy from sun, wind, water, and earth. He also explains why community power is a necessary step on the path to energy security and community resilience - particularly as we face peak oil, cope with climate change, and address the need to transition to a more sustainable future.This book - the second in the Chelsea Green Publishing Company and Post Carbon Institute's Community Resilience Series - also profiles numerous communitywide initiatives that can be replicated elsewhere.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Setting the Stage
Energy and Our Communitiesp. 1
Conservation and Relocalizationp. 23
Rethinking Energyp. 35
Individual Energy Resilience
Your Household's Energy Resiliencep. 49
Community Energy Resilience
Community Energyp. 71
Solarp. 100
Windp. 113
Hydroelectricityp. 128
Biomassp. 143
Biogasp. 158
Liquid Biofuelsp. 172
Geothermalp. 187
Exceptional Community Energy Initiativesp. 202
A Call to Action
Be Preparedp. 219
Resourcesp. 226
Endnotesp. 234
Glossaryp. 243
Bibliographyp. 249
Indexp. 251
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