Clean Electricity, A practical path to zero-carbon buildings
Summary: Electricity produced by wind and solar is the most viable path to addressing global warming and climate change. This book is about the transition taking place in the electric industry and the choices we have as consumers.
- The first part begins with a brief history of our existing electric grid; how it evolved; the pollution it creates; and the challenges faced by balancing authorities and utilities. It describes the renewable energy technologies that are emerging at the utility-scale and how these are replacing legacy coal and gas power plants.
- The second part focuses on what each of us can do to use less dirty electricity, and for the electricity we have to use, how we can acquire renewable energy from the grid or make our own electricity with on-site solar systems.
- Part three looks at the pressures for change on the electric utility industry and speculates on what these big companies might look like in the future.
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Design Professionals Guide to Zero Net Energy Buildings
The book lays out the principles for achieving ZNE buildings and the issues surrounding their development. The book emphasizes the importance of building energy use in achieving a sustainable future; describes how building energy use can be minimized through smart design and energy efficiency technologies; presents practical information on how to incorporate renewable energy technologies to meet the lowered energy needs; and suggests policies that will bring ZNE buildings into the mainstream. The book identifies the building types and climates where meeting the goal will be a challenge and offers solutions for these special cases. It shows the reader, through examples and explanations, that ZNE buildings are viable and cost-effective right now.