By Peter Droege

The maximum problem of our time is to construct an international in accordance with the sustainable use of renewable energy. Our sizeable dependence on fossil fuels has disappointed the very climatic process that made human evolution attainable. the worldwide economic system and its economic system are in jeopardy, working scorching on brazenly affordable but more and more expensive and quick depleting oil. A a hundred% renewable international is noticeable by means of many as an very unlikely dream in whatever however the very long-term. yet not just do an increasing number of tasks and plans dare to make the switch yet many have already accomplished it.

This wealthy assortment provides a sequence of pioneering efforts and their champions, and the trails to their successes. starting from tasks via participants to visions for firms, groups and whole international locations, it defeats drained fiscal and technical counter-arguments, displaying how the schemes featured not just can and do paintings yet accomplish that economically and with on hand know-how. The publication is brought through incisive writing by way of Peter Droege, explaining the demanding situations and framing a roadmap in the direction of a a hundred% renewable truth.

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They represent one of two public policy mechanisms available that are capable of triggering and guiding a 100 per cent renewable conversion. Misinformation campaigns created the impression that FiTs are expensive, but the opposite is true. The German Federal Environment Ministry reports that during 2007, the FiT cost a mere EU€35 per household (BMU, 2008), while it proved dramatically effective in generating employment, delivering innovation impulses to research and development (R&D) and manufacturing, and mitigating fossil 3474 EARTHSCAN 100% Renewable:Layout 1 16 21/9/09 12:24 Page 16 100% RENEWABLE Energy Autonomy in Action fuel price rises.

The privatization waves of the 1980s, when local and state power and water utilities and other public assets were sold to private operators, often international groups and investment schemes, are over. They have given way to the reacquisition of previous offloaded operations, as contemplated by the city of Amsterdam, or reassembled in imaginative ways, such as Danish cooperatives like Copenhagen’s alliance to fund, build and manage its offshore wind farm, the Middelgrunden Wind Turbine Cooperative.

Renewable energy exemplifies an entirely different paradigm, that of decentralization, local resource reliance and regional autonomy. This is no Luddite or isolationist vision, but a necessary move to locally and regionally self-sufficient models of development. The global trade in oil, coal, gas and uranium has nothing to contribute to sustainable forms of prosperity. Here the local and regional conversion of solar power, wind, water, subterranean heat sources and bioenergy, combined with reformed soil management and reafforestation, offer the key solutions for a new age – a certain degree of simplification by shifting complexity from the global to the regional and local realm.

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