Lecture Notes in Energy

The Renewable Energy Transition

Realities for Canada and the World

Authors: Meyer, John Erik

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  • Uses the Canadian model of energy and society to derive universal principles for the transition to a post-carbon future
  • Outlines common reasons for policy failure and offers principles necessary for a successful energy transition
  • Explains how energy availability underlies social conflict and decline
  • Includes practical examples of how individuals can improve their own energy security and that of their community and nation
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Canada is a well-endowed country that serves as an ideal model to lead the reader through the development of energy, resources, and society historically and into a post-carbon future. The book provides an historical perspective and describes the physical resource limitations, energy budgets, and climate realities that will determine the potential for any transition to renewable energy. Political and social realities, including jurisdiction and energy equality issues, are addressed. However, we cannot simply mandate or legislate policies according to social and political aspirations. Policies must comply with the realities of physical laws, such as the energy return on investment (EROI) for fossil-fuel based and renewable energy systems. EROI is discussed in both historical terms and in reference to the greater efficiencies inherent in a distributed generation, mainly electric, post-carbon society. Meyer explores the often misleading concepts and terms that have become embedded in society and tend to dictate our policy making, as well as the language, social and personal goals, and metrics that need to change before the physical transition can begin at the required scale.

This book also reviews what nations have been doing thus far in terms of renewables, including the successes and failures in Canada and across the globe.  Ontario’s green energy fiasco, and a comparison of the different circumstances of Norway and Alberta, for example, are covered as part of the author’s comparison of a wide range of countries. What are the achievements, plans, and problems that determine how well different countries are positioned to make “the transition”?

The transition path is complex, and the tools we need to develop and the physical infrastructure investments we need to make, are daunting.  At some point in time, Canada and Canadians, like all nations, will be living on 100% renewable energy. Whether the social and technological level that endures sees us travelling to the stars, or subsisting at a standard of living more similar to the pre-fossil fuel era, is far from certain.


About the authors

John Erik Meyer has been circling the issues of per capita resources, social equality and leadership since high school.  A BA in Economics and years of working with physical units and dollar accounting and costing systems brought the different abilities of these measurement processes into sharp relief. He is a patent holder and has had a number of articles published in Canada’s major newspapers dealing with a range of topics from population, immigration and the environment to the failings of GDP based metrics for social policy formation.  He has also presented a paper on Energy Currency at a conference of that name in Split, Croatia. He maintains a site, which focuses on the concept of energy based currency. Mr. Meyer is currently President of the NGO “Canadians for a Sustainable Society” and owner and designer at a small medium tech manufacturing company. He also dabbles in solar electric and heating systems as well as electric bikes and has designed and built a house which he expects to be (eventually) energy positive. His primary interests are the changes necessary to achieve a sustainable society, population cycles, biophysical economics and the reasons for failed human social structures throughout history.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

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Hardcover $119.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Renewable Energy Transition
Book Subtitle
Realities for Canada and the World
Authors
Series Title
Lecture Notes in Energy
Series Volume
71
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-29115-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-29115-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-29114-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-29117-4
Series ISSN
2195-1284
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXIV, 386
Number of Illustrations
16 b/w illustrations, 109 illustrations in colour
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