Energy Revolution: Policies for a Sustainable Future (2004)

April 29, 2004 - 12:00pm

This talk is a summary of Howard Geller's recently published book of the same title. Copies of the book signed by the author will be available for purchase at this seminar. The transformation from a fossil fuel-based world economy to one based on high efficiency and renewables is a necessary step if human society is to achieve sustainability. But while scientists and researchers have made significant advances in energy efficiency and renewable technologies in recent years, most consumers have not yet adopted them due in large part to policies and programs that favor the use of fossil fuels and/or do not adequately support efficiency and renewables. Energy Revolution examines the policy options for mitigating or removing the entrenched advantages held by fossil fuels and speeding the transition to a more sustainable energy future. This book: - examines today's energy patterns and trends and their consequences - describes the barriers to a more sustainable energy future and how those barriers can be overcome - provides ten case studies of integrated strategies that have been effective in different parts of the world - examines international policies and institutions and recommends ways they could be improved - reviews global trends that suggest that the transition to renewables & increased efficiency is underway & achievable - recommends and analyzes comprehensive policies for two countries -- the United States and Brazil. Energy Revolution represents a key statement of the available options for reforming energy policy and programs. This is an essential work for policymakers, researchers, and anyone concerned with energy and sustainability issues. Howard Geller served as director of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy for two decades and is now director of the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project in Boulder, Colorado. He is the author of three previous books on energy policy: Efficient Electricity Use: A Development Strategy for Brazil (1991), Energy Efficiency: A New Agenda (1988), and Energy Efficiency in Buildings: Progress and Promise (1986). For more information about this seminar, please contact: JoAnne Lambert 510.486.4835, or send e-mail to

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