Transforming Electricity: The Coming Generation of Change

Transforming Electricity: The Coming Generation of Change

by Walt Patterson
     
 

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Patterson reassesses the basic premise that guided electricity for more than a century in light of new understanding, pressures, and opportunities. He investigates the changes in progress, those that may follow, and their implications for policy. As the world pursues sustainable development, what might 'sustainable electricity' mean, and how can it be achieved?

Overview

Patterson reassesses the basic premise that guided electricity for more than a century in light of new understanding, pressures, and opportunities. He investigates the changes in progress, those that may follow, and their implications for policy. As the world pursues sustainable development, what might 'sustainable electricity' mean, and how can it be achieved? *Not available through Brookings in UK/Europe.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781853833410
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/01/1999
Edition description:
1
Pages:
203
Product dimensions:
8.27(w) x 5.83(h) x (d)

What People are saying about this

Christopher Flavin
A timely preview of what may be one of the most dynamic, rapidly changing industries of the early 21st century. Walt Patterson eloquently describes the coming transition to a highly efficient, decentralized electrical system that may be as exciting and transforming as the changes that have swept the computer and telecommunications industries in the past decade. -- (Christopher Flavin, Senior Vice President of Research, Worldwatch Institute)
Silvan Robinson
Some books appear just when their time has come. Transforming Electricity is just such a book. The electricity business is going through the triple shocks of liberalization, changing technology and environmental pressure. Walt Patterson predicts a world where mini local heat and power plants replace mega-stations and the end products of comfort and convenience are supplied rather than an anonymous current that stops at the meter. Companies would do well to take note and plan accordingly - his prophecies have a habit of coming true. -- (Silvan Robinson, Chairman, British Biogen)
Carl Weinberg
The forces of competition, environment and technology are threatening the large system that produces and delivers electricity. Walt Patterson explains the underlying changes that have occurred and discusses the even more radical changes that may be required in the future. He tells the ":story" in such a manner to make it understandable for all. A must read for all involved in or concerned with the monumental changes in electricity now under way. -- (Carl J. Weinberg, Chair, Weinberg Associates)
Thomas B. Johansson
This well-written book does a great job in sorting out the many rapid institutional and technological changes in world electricity. Reaching the one-third of the world's population that is presently unserved, and mitigating climate change, add to the challenges. I wholeheartedly endorse the book. -- (Thomas B. Johansson, Director of Energy and Atmosphere Programme, United Nations Development Programme)

Meet the Author

Walt Patterson trained as a nuclear physicist before spending his life teaching, writing, and campaigning. He has published twelve books and several hundred papers, articles and reviews on nuclear power, coal technology, renewable energy, energy systems, energy policy, and electricity. Since 1991 he has been a fellow of what is now the Energy, Environment and Development Programme at Chatham House in London.

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