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

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


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

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 People explores 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781603584098
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date: 08/13/2012
Series: Community Resilience Guides Series
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Greg Pahl is the author of numerous books on energy and also writes for Mother Earth News and various other publications on biodiesel, wind power, wood heat, solar energy, heat pumps, electric cars, and a wide range of other topics related to living in a post-carbon world.

His books include Power from the People: How to Organize, Finance, and Launch Local Energy Projects (2012, Chelsea Green), Biodiesel: Growing a New Energy Economy (2005, Chelsea Green), Natural Home Heating: The Complete Guide to Renewable Energy Options (2003, Chelsea Green), The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Saving the Environment (2001, Macmillan/Alpha Books), and The Unofficial Guide to Beating Debt (2000, IDG Books).

Pahl has been involved in environmental issues for more than twenty-five years. In the 1970s he lived off the grid in a home in Vermont with a wind turbine atop an 80-foot tower that provided for his electrical needs. He is a founding member of the Vermont Biofuels Association as well as the Acorn Renewable Energy Co-op. Pahl attended the University of Vermont and was a military intelligence officer in the US Army during the Vietnam War.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xiii

Part 1 Setting the Stage

1 Energy and Our Communities 1

2 Conservation and Relocalization 23

3 Rethinking Energy 35

Part 2 Individual Energy Resilience

4 Your Household's Energy Resilience 49

Part 3 Community Energy Resilience

5 Community Energy 71

6 Solar 100

7 Wind 113

8 Hydroelectricity 128

9 Biomass 143

10 Biogas 158

11 Liquid Biofuels 172

12 Geothermal 187

13 Exceptional Community Energy Initiatives 202

Part 4 A Call to Action

14 Be Prepared 219

Resources 226

Endnotes 234

Glossary 243

Bibliography 249

Index 251

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