Chasing the Wind inside the Alternative Energy Battle First Edition- for free

Over the past several decades, the vexing issues of climate change and finite resources have ignited a global debate about alternative energy technologies. In this lucid and balanced book, Roddy Johnson surveys the development and diffusion of one such technology, wind power, and in particular the way the hotly contested battle over this energy source has unfolded in one Appalachian community.

The history of wind power; its capacity and output relative to fossil fuels, other renewables, and nuclear energy; infrastructure challenges in transmitting power from wind farms to end users; global efforts to curb carbon emissions, including the Kyoto Protocol; and the role of public policy, government subsidies, and tax incentives, Johns on provides a wide-ranging discussion of the differences and similarities between the U.S. and European wind energy systems.

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Woven into this discussion is the compelling story of a 2005 proposal for a wind farm along a mountain ridge in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, that pitted locals against each other.

In addition to detailing the struggle in Greenbrier County, the report also compares it to similar struggles in another West Virginia county where a wind farm has already been built and in Florida, where plans to build a seaside wind turbine next to a nuclear power plant were scuttled.

Finally, by providing a thoughtful and realistic assessment of a 2012 study that found that 80% of U.S. electricity generation could come from renewables by 2050, Chasing the Wind makes an important contribution to the ongoing dialogue about America’s energy problems and what it will take to solve them.

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