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

ISBN-10: 1603584099
ISBN-13: 9781603584098
Edition: 2012
Authors: Greg Pahl, Van Jones
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date: 8/13/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

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 Peopleexplores 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.

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.

Van Jones is an award-winning pioneer in human rights and the clean-energy economy. He is the best-selling author of the books The Green-Collar Economy and Rebuild the Dream. He served as the green jobs advisor to President Obama's White House. Jones is currently a senior fellow at the Center For American Progress and a senior policy advisor at Green For All.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Setting the Stage
Energy and Our Communities
Conservation and Relocalization
Rethinking Energy
Individual Energy Resilience
Your Household's Energy Resilience
Community Energy Resilience
Community Energy
Solar
Wind
Hydroelectricity
Biomass
Biogas
Liquid Biofuels
Geothermal
Exceptional Community Energy Initiatives
A Call to Action
Be Prepared
Resources
Endnotes
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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