All-Electric America: A Climate Solution and the Hopeful Future

All-Electric America: A Climate Solution and the Hopeful Future



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All-Electric America: A Climate Solution and the Hopeful Future by S. David Freeman, Leah Y Parks

The modern day Edisons have done their job. We need not wait any longer. We are poised to wake up to a world running completely on renewable energy. Waiting any longer is like saying we shouldn't have used the personal computer in 1985 until the smartphone was invented.

In "All-Electric America" authors S. David Freeman, former utility CEO, and Leah Y Parks, a journalist in the electricity industry, explain how making the transition to an all-electric, all renewable society by the year 2050 is necessary, practical, and achievable. An energy infrastructure powered by the sun and wind & running on electricity, for all our energy needs, will be reliable, cleaner, safer, and CHEAPER. It will be superior to the system we have today and will lead to a better future.

It is time for the utility industry, politicians, and consumers to wake up to the opportunity that this energy transformation will provide. The resources currently allocated towards oil and other fossil fuels can instead be invested in the development of an all-renewable 21st century electricity infrastructure. Investments in coal mining, oil exploration, gas drilling, building new coal and gas plants, shipping and protecting oil, and fighting wars to protect oil interests will give way to a focus on building solar and wind energy, energy storage, and modernizing our grid.

The clock is ticking. With every breath we take the Earth continues to warm. The specter of global warming requires that the transformation must begin immediately. Freeman and Parks show how, with the current "All of the Above" policy, we are, instead, on a path to climate hell. They present a course of action that gives us the best hope of eliminating disastrous climate change

Many are saying we need to achieve our global warming 2°C goal, but few are carrying out a real plan or fully understand the problem. Freeman and Parks evaluate the latest research, technology, and energy policy and lay out a comprehensive strategy with achievable goals and a clear timeline for when it must be done. We will need to replace all fossil fuels including coal, oil and natural gas used for electricity, heating, transportation, and industrial processes. They find that our only hope is to reduce our emissions by 3% each year for the next 35 years so that we reach zero emissions by 2050. Anything less risks severe climate disaster.

Freeman and Parks present a vision and strategy to achieve a future where all of our energy sources are powered with the free fuel of the sun and the wind, we live free of the specter of climate change, and one in which we are "Living Better Electrically."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780996174725
Publisher: Solar Flare Press
Publication date: 10/14/2015
Pages: 238
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.54(d)

About the Author

FREEMAN is a leading authority on energy policy. He was appointed by President Jimmy Carter as head of Tennessee Valley Authority, one of the nations largest electric utilities. After 7 years at TVA, he spent 30 years as the CEO of major public utilities in Texas, California, and New York. He then served as Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles for Energy and the Environment. He is currently a senior advisor to Friends of the Earth and has authored three books on energy including, "A Time to Choose."

PARKS is an associate editor for and Electricity Daily, a journal and daily newsletter that examine current events and the state of the electricity industry for utility executives, commissioners, regulators, and other experts in the field. She is also a freelance writer, has acted as an advisor for technology reports, and has written extensively about innovations in energy storage, smart grid technology, energy infrastructure, and renewable energy.

Table of Contents

Part I: The Promise

Chapter 1 - An All-Electric Renewable America 3
We Live in a Solar World
Huge Wind Resources
A Comparative Bargain
The Remarkable Power of Increasing Efficiency
Hydrogen in the Mix
A View of the Future
The Forces of Resistance
Storage Is the Solution
Natural Gas-The Route to Climate Hell
"All of the Above" Is a Road to Ruin
The Leadership Gap
Investment in the Future

Chapter 2 - Solar and Wind Can Electrify Everything 25
Big Solar-Land Aplenty
The Possibilities of Wind Power

Chapter 3 - The Energy Storage Solution 35
Why We Need Energy Storage
Current Storage Initiatives
Raising the Profile for Electricity Storage

Chapter 4 - Efficiency: The Low-Cost Partner to Renewables 43
Efficiency Is Not the Same as Conservation
We Know How to Do This
There's No Better Bargain
Zero Growth

Chapter 5 - The 21st Century Electric Utility 51
The Conductor
"Live Better Electrically"

Chapter 6 - Renewable Energy Costs Less, Not More 61
The Uncertain Price of Oil
Natural Gas
The Cost of Renewables
Fixed Costs of Renewables
Solar Costs
Wind Costs
Government Incentives and Financing
Indirect Costs
The Need for Regulation of Utilities
Ensuring Efficiency
What Does the Cost Add Up To?

Part II: Obstacles

Chapter 7 - The Hidden Truth about Natural Gas 75
Natural Gas Is Methane:
A Potent Greenhouse Gas
Methane Leakage: How Much Is Actually Leaking?
Total Natural Gas GHG Emissions-Greater than Coal
The Siren Call

Chapter 8 - Keep It in the Ground 85
Staying Within Our Budget
Greenhouse-Gas-Budget-Based Policy
"Keep It in the Ground"

Chapter 9 - Nuclear Energy: Spare Us the Cure 95
No Such Thing as a Peaceful Atom
The Great Failure
Dangers: A Closer Look
A Cost Too High
Straight Talk: The Choice Is Clear

Part III: Opportunities

Chapter 10 - Hydrogen Is the Hopeful Future 105
More Renewable Hydrogen Now
The Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Car
The Safety Issue
Solving the Chicken and Egg Problem
Hydrogen Beyond Cars

Chapter 11 - Electric Cars and Heat Pumps for Every Home 115
Our Buildings Are Huge Energy Wasters
New and Improved Pumps
Initiatives by Utilities and Government Agencies
Electric Cars

Chapter 12 - The Silent Threat of Too Much Stuff: Make It Built to Last 125
Fessing Up to Economic Fallacies
Better Jobs, Not Fewer Jobs
Life Will Be Better, Not Spartan

Part IV: Let's Make It Happen

Chapter 13 - From Metropolis to Ecopolis 133
Greening the Electrical Grid
A Solar City
Watching the Electric Meter Spin Backwards
Plenty of Big Solar Potential
The Whistling Winds
Garbage Transformed into Treasure
Transforming Usage
Lower Electric Bills for LA Consumers
Motivating the Move to Solar
A Heat Pump for Every Home
Solar Hot Water
What If You Could Fill Your Tank at the Equivalent of $1 a Gallon?
The Shipping Infrastructure
Where There's the Will

Chapter 14 - An All-Electric Energy Policy Act 145

Epilogue - The Path Ahead - "A Call to Action" 149

Endnotes 153


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