Unlocking Energy Innovation: How America Can Build a Low-Cost, Low-Carbon Energy System

Unlocking Energy Innovation: How America Can Build a Low-Cost, Low-Carbon Energy System

by Richard K. Lester, David M. Hart
     
 

ISBN-10: 026201677X

ISBN-13: 9780262016773

Pub. Date: 11/04/2011

Publisher: MIT Press

Energy innovation offers us our best chance to solve the three urgent and interrelated problems of climate change, worldwide insecurity over energy supplies, and rapidly growing energy demand. But if we are to achieve a timely transition to reliable, low-cost, low-carbon energy, the U.S. energy innovation system must be radically overhauled. Unlocking Energy

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Energy innovation offers us our best chance to solve the three urgent and interrelated problems of climate change, worldwide insecurity over energy supplies, and rapidly growing energy demand. But if we are to achieve a timely transition to reliable, low-cost, low-carbon energy, the U.S. energy innovation system must be radically overhauled. Unlocking Energy Innovation outlines an up-to-the-minute plan for remaking America's energy innovation system by tapping the country's entrepreneurial strengths and regional diversity in both the public and private spheres. The authors map three waves of energy innovation to show how we can speed up the introduction of new technologies and business models and accelerate their deployment on a massive scale. "Business as usual" will not fill the energy innovation gap. Nor will wishful thinking—common enough today, with politicians and others talking up some technologies, talking down others, and claiming that if we price it, or if we mandate it, or if we simply say it often and inspiringly enough, the innovations will flow. Only the kind of systemic, transformative changes to our energy innovation system described in this provocative book will help us avert the most dire scenarios and achieve a sustainable and secure energy future.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262016773
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
11/04/2011
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction: Zero to Eighty in Forty 1

1 Beyond Wishful Thinking: Facts, Deductions, and Grounded Assertions About Climate and Energy 9

2 An Energy Innovation System That Works 29

3 Electric Utilities and the Three Waves of Energy Innovation 57

4 The First Wave of Innovation: Energy Efficiency in Buildings 77

5 The Second Wave of Innovation-Part 1: Low-Carbon Electricity Supply 99

6 The Second Wave of Innovation-Part 2: The Rest of the Electricity System 121

7 The Third Wave of Innovation: Creating Breakthrough Options 143

8 Building a New American Energy Innovation System: A Ten-Point Framework 159

Notes 169

Bibliography 185

Index 195

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