Low Carbon Energy Transitions: Turning Points in National Policy and Innovation

Low Carbon Energy TransitionsTurning Points in National Policy and Innovation / Kathleen Araujo. Oxford University Press, Dec. 2017, 400 p. – ISBN: 9780199362554


The book explores some of the less understood aspects of change in national energy sourcing and use. Utilizing four case histories of energy transitions since the global oil crisis of 1973 and new meta-level frameworks, it weighs in on questions about the role of government and innovation in meeting evolving energy priorities. Noting the surprising speed and level of transformation that can occur in 15 years or less, the book challenges conventional thinking about timescales and complexity. It also highlights how least-cost metrics in decision-making are important, but can miss larger gains in societal development and industrial leadership.

Contents :

  • Chapter 1: Rethinking Energy at the Crossroads
  • Chapter 2: Beyond Malthus
  • Chapter 3: Research Design, Scoping Tools, and Preview
  • Chapter 4: Icelandic Geothermal Energy: Shifting Ground
  • Chapter 5: French Nuclear Energy: Concentrated Power
  • Chapter 6: Brazilian Biofuels: Distilling Solutions
  • Chapter 7: Danish Wind Power: Alternating Currents
  • Chapter 8: Comparative Analysis, Tools, and Questions
  • Chapter 9: New Paradigms: Lessons and Recommendations

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