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Item #d96jul51

A Shock to the System: Restructuring America's Electricity Industry, T.J. Brennan, K.L. Palmer et al., 160 pp., July 1996, $18.95 pbk. (RFF).

Provides a general readership with the background necessary to understand and evaluate the many proposals for introducing competition to U.S. electricity markets. Explains consequences for efficiency, the environment, regulation, and market structure. (An extract concerning air quality appears in the Spring 1996 issue of Resources, available at no charge from RFF.)

Item #d96jul52

The Strategic Value of Fossil Fuels: Challenges and Responses. Proceedings, 700 pp., Apr. 1996, $152 (OECD).

From a conference held jointly in mid-1995 by OECD and the U.S. Dept. of Energy. The formidable challenge for fossil fuel producers and users is to ensure that the coming high dependence on fossil fuels, particularly in Asia, is reconciled with growing demands for improvements in local environments, and with international commitments to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.

Item #d96jul53

Renewable Energy: Power for a Sustainable Future, G. Boyle, 600 pp., Mar. 1996, £50 hbk./£22.50 pbk. (Oxford).

Will appeal to a wide variety of general readers and specialists. Covers economic, social, environmental and policy issues raised by renewables; explains the detailed physical and engineering concerns of these energy sources.

Item #d96jul54

Comparing Energy Technologies, 336 pp., Jan. 1996, $114 (OECD).

Considers the state of the art in methodologies for assessing and comparing energy technologies. Presents reports on energy R&D approaches and assessment strategies in Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, the U.K., the U.S., and the European Union.

Item #d96jul55

Development, Environment and Global Dysfunction—Toward Sustainable Recovery, Y. Gotlieb, 250 pp., 1996, $39.95 pbk. (St. Lucie).

Challenges conventional concepts of development and modernization and surveys their contribution to global dysfunction (entrenched poverty and socio-political unrest).

Item #d96jul56

Proceedings of the Seminar, The Role of Energy Technologies Towards Sustainable Development, and of the International Energy Agency Energy Technology Systems Analysis [ESTAP] Programme/Annex V, 6th Workshop, ca. 300 pp., 1996 (ECN).

Both events were held in Japan in October 1995. At the seminar, experts from Japanese institutes addressed a variety of technologies and options, focusing on their longer term prospects and the status of R&D activities. Representatives of ESTAP presented studies that would provide an integrating framework for the assessment of technology options. At the regular, semi-annual ESTAP workshop, presentations covered applications of ESTAP tools, such as experiments in new areas (stochastics; elastic demands; material flows), modeling new countries (Kuwait), and active modeling within a national policy office.

Item #d96jul57

Development and Deployment of Technologies to Respond to Global Change Concerns, 400 pp., Nov. 1995, $126 (OECD).

Proceedings from a high level meeting to develop advice on priorities and strategies for further technology development.

Item #d96jul58

Models for Energy Policy, J.-B. Lesourd, J. Percebois, F. Valette, Eds., 304 pp., Dec. 1995, $99.95 (Routledge).

The increased awareness of environmental issues has created a demand for more and better models of energy. This book covers short, medium and long-term forecasting; regional, national and international impacts; and environmental issues. A range of models of energy use are analyzed.

Item #d96jul59

Biomass, Energy and Environment—A Developing Country Perspective from India, N.H. Ravindranath, D.O. Hall, 376 pp., 1995 (Oxford).

Bioenergy options can provide a decentralized village-level, self-reliant energy system to meet local needs in a sustainable and environmentally sound way. Analyses the sources, end uses, and socio-economic and environmental impacts of biomass energy; suggests measures for promoting sustainable yields and community involvement in biomass production; describes financial barriers and strategies to promote biomass energy.

Item #d96jul60

The SEI/UNEP Fuel Chain Project: Methods, Issues and Case Studies in Developing Countries, M. Lazarus, C. Heaps, D. Hill, Eds., 178 pp.; plus appendix, Environmental Database: A Listing of Core Database Coefficients, 208 pp., 1995, $30 (SEI).

Item #d96jul61

The Earthscan Reader in Sustainable Development, J. Kirkby, P. O'Keefe, L. Timberlake, Eds., 384 pp., 1995, $55 hbk./$24.95 pbk. (Earthscan in U.K./Island in U.S.).

A collection of accessible and authoritative readings on the principal areas of sustainable development. Covers areas such as recent historical developments (from Brundtland to Rio), food and agriculture, population, urbanization, energy, biodiversity.

Item #d96jul62

Energy and Environment in the European Union: The Challenge of Integration, U. Collier, 281 pp., Dec. 1994, $67.95/£39.50 (Avebury).

As a case study, uses responses to the climate change issue and parallel agendas for the electricity sector. Discusses the environmental effects of energy production and use and examines technological and policy options for mitigating these effects. Defines criteria for policy making and examines the criteria in the light of policy developments in Germany, the Netherlands and the U.K.

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