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Renewable Energy: Problems and Prospects in Coachella Valley, California

Authors: Pick, James

  • Offers a recent case study of renewable energy development in a small urban region of California
  • Includes consideration of the geospatial aspects of renewable energy development, including mapping and map analysis of renewable energy locations and their proximity to transport, economic, and social features
  • Presents policies for city governments, nonprofits, and businesses in the region, based on book findings, to expedite more development of renewables production, operations, and consumption  
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About this book

The book analyzes the problems and potential of renewable energy development for the Coachella Valley of California and provides a useful case study for renewable energy feasibility assessments for other areas. A conceptual model, Integrated Policy Assessment Theory for Renewable Energy, is given and justified for renewable energy development in the Valley. Further, Central Place Theory, well known in urban geography, is discussed and it is seen to be very relevant to the understanding the Coachella Valley’s city sizes and renewable energy markets, compared to the greater Los Angeles region. The book’s research methods include geospatial mapping and analysis and interviews leaders in small innovative firms, government agencies, and nonprofits. 
The many findings of the book include evaluation of how the Valley’s socioeconomic and transportation features influence renewable energy development, the scope of markets for solar and wind energy in the Valley, spatial confluences of renewable energy facilities with other features, and the future potential of ground-source heat pumps. Benchmark comparison of the Coachella Valley is done with two leading wind and solar regions elsewhere in the country, to assess the Valley’s evolution and opportunities in renewable energy. 
The book concludes by evaluating the prospects and problems for the growth of renewable entrepreneurship, manufacturing, assembly, and operations in Coachella Valley. This leads to policy recommendations grounded in the book’s research findings, which are intended for use by governments, businesses, and nonprofits. The hope is that many of the developmental experiences from the Coachella Valley will be helpful not only within the Valley but to other communities nationwide and worldwide.  

About the authors

Dr. James Pick is professor in School of Business at University of Redlands, Redlands, California, USA. He is director of the university’s Center for Business GIS and Spatial Analysis, past chair of the Department of Management and Business, and past assembly chair of the School of Business. He is author or co-author of over 150 journal articles, book chapters, and peer-reviewed proceedings in information systems, GIS, population, and urban studies and author or co-author of thirteen books on these topics. He holds a B.A. from Northwestern University, M.S.Ed. from Northern Illinois University and Ph.D. from University of California Irvine.


Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Pick, James B.

    Pages 1-23

  • Renewable Energy Features of Coachella Valley

    Pick, James B.

    Pages 25-53

  • Conceptual Models and Methods

    Pick, James B.

    Pages 55-74

  • Socioeconomic and Urban Profile of Coachella Valley

    Pick, James B.

    Pages 75-108

  • Benchmark Comparisons of Leading Wind and Solar Areas with the Coachella Valley: Implications

    Pick, James B.

    Pages 109-149

Buy this book

eBook $19.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-51526-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $24.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-51525-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Renewable Energy: Problems and Prospects in Coachella Valley, California
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Geography
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-51526-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-51526-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-51525-0
Series ISSN
2211-4165
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 210
Number of Illustrations and Tables
4 b/w illustrations, 63 illustrations in colour
Topics