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Clean Break: The Story of Germany's Energy Transformation and What Americans Can Learn from It (Kindle Single) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Osha Gray Davidson , Susan White , Catherine Mann , Christopher Flavin

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The European Union's biggest and most powerful industrial economy is making a clean break from coal, oil and nuclear energy. It is doing something most Americans would say is impossible, but already Germany is running on 25% clean energy and it is on track to reach 80 percent by 2050. Some experts say it could reach 100 percent by then.

But Germany's energiewende, or energy transformation, is really a very American story that revolves around self-reliant individuals in a responsive democracy forging a national can-do vision.

".....a riveting account of Germany’s energy revolution." The Ecologist

"This book contains a nice combination of interviews, stories, and examples of how Germany is transitioning from a fossil fuel and nuclear infrastructure to a clean, renewable one. It is an important and eye-opening analysis that should be read by anyone interested in emulating this feat in other countries."
Mark Z. Jacobson, Director, Atmosphere/Energy Program, Stanford University

In the US, we're bombarded with messages about how renewables aren't and will never be affordable or scalable. Davidson shows us how it is possible with a storyteller's flair and a wonk's eye for detail.
–Kate Sheppard, reporter, Mother Jones

Like a solar tower in a field of mirrors Osha Gray Davidson shines an intense beam of journalistic competence on perhaps the greatest challenge of our time....while renewing a practical sense of hope that it’s not too late to move towards a literally brighter future.
David Helvarg, Author of ‘The Golden Shore – California’s Love Affair with the Sea.’

“.....a remarkable new book on how Germany became the undisputed green energy leader.”
Bill McKibben, author, journalist, activist

While this is a book about policy from top to bottom, it often reads more like a travel book, a journal of discovery through a modernizing nation whose rapid progress was at times as startling to the author as it will be to you.....the Germans’ just-do-it attitude may be another key reason that their nation, so comparable to ours in living standard, industrial base, economic system and culture, has raced so far ahead in making the changes all Americans realize, in our heart of hearts, are ultimately inevitable.
Ron Meador, MinnPost

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 69 pages
  • Editeur : InsideClimate News (8 novembre 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Impressive, Important Information 23 novembre 2012
Par Loyd E. Eskildson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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A majority of Germans believe their future lies in renewable energy, and the government has set a target of 80% renewable power by 2050, with a 35% target for 2020. Twenty-five percent of its electricity now comes from solar, wind and biomass, vs. 6% for the U.S. Eighty percent oppose nuclear power. All major political parties endorse these directions.

The average German household pays about $108/month for electricity ($110 in the U.S.), with a renewable energy surcharge (paid to cover the bonus paid for electricity fed into the grid by renewables) accounting for $11.50 of that amount. 'Electricity intensive' businesses are exempted from paying the surcharge to avoid giving foreign manufacturers an economic advantage. Germans choose from over 800 smaller, decentralized electric companies.

A German homeowner pays $10,000 to install a typical rooftop system vs. a U.S. homeowner paying $20,000 for the same system. The difference is entirely due to the German focus on reducing deployment costs. Permitting fees that can run into the thousands of dollars in the U.S. cost nothing, or close to it, in Germany; the rest comes from installers streamlining their operations due to the high volumes.

Germans are 10X more likely to travel by bicycle than Americans, partly due to taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel (eg. $3.29 in the U.S. vs. $7.80 in Germany). Germans use public transport nearly 6X the rate of Americans in large cities, 18X that for small-to-medium-sized towns. Meanwhile, oil-rich Saudi Arabia recently announced its own $100 billion program to develop solar power - more ambitious than anything in the works in the U.S.
22 internautes sur 25 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Must-read for anyone interested in renewable energy 13 novembre 2012
Par SLacey - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I don't think the story of Germany's renewable energy transition could be told enough here in America. Germany has shown that large industrialized nations can make great strides in deploying massive amounts of renewables and efficiency. It is a story about how an industrialized economy puts the pieces in place for a fundamental energy transition -- not just sprinkling a bit of renewables on top of the existing energy system.

I highly recommend the book. It's a quick and detailed read. Always good to remind ourselves of what real leadership on these issues looks like.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The Sun Giveth -- So Does Davidson 20 novembre 2012
Par Brooklyn Bob - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Who knew how much the Germans know?

What they know we now know, thanks to Osha Gray Davidson. And it's that renewable energy works. In crisp, clear, highly readable fashion Davidson explains how Germany learned from an American President -- Jimmy Carter -- that conservation is not only good for the soul, but it's good for the planet. While later American presidents tossed out the solar panels Carter had installed on the White House roof and turned up the thermostat, Germany decided he was right and began its drive to save energy and turn to renewable resources. Everything from the sun and wind to wood chips have been put to use, while consumption of fossil fuels has decreased proportionately.

In other words, despite the doubters and naysayers, it can be done. An industrialized country, even one far to the north, one where the sun don't shine very much, can power itself significantly with solar energy.

Davidson deserves major credit for bringing us this story, one which until now was ignored by America's news media.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The USA needs to learn from Germany about renewable energy 29 novembre 2012
Par David E. Corbin - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Strange that Jimmy Carter, who had solar panels placed on the White House, would inspire people in Germany to move to renewable energy, yet in the USA we went the other direction. Now it is time for us to be inspired by Germany and their tremendous success to de-centralize energy through renewables.

The book was short but nevertheless, informative.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good book on doing energy right 8 décembre 2012
Par Cyberlaw Prof - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Good reporters can't make much money writing for newspapers anymore. So they are turning increasingly to writing books like this one, on which they make royalties from print and electronic publication.

This phenomenon has good and bad aspects. It encourages deeper treatment of important topics but eventually will drain good newspapers of talent, including on-line ones. The writing you get is superb---what you might expect from top-notch reporters. But the analysis is not what you might expect from real experts in a technical field like renewable energy.

That said, this short book is a good read and well worth the small price. It's light on numbers and the economics of clean energy, but it makes up for that deficiency with vivid, current descriptions of what the global avant-garde in clean energy--- Germany--is doing.

Germans are near or at the top of the anyone's list of the world's best engineers. The fact that they have decided to abandon both nuclear energy and coal to convert their whole electric power system to renewables is big news. This book describes how they are doing it and how committed they are to the project.

The best quote, whose source I forget, is the guy who said handling intermittency of wind and solar power is not a "problem," but a "task." That's exactly right: no new science or engineering is required, just careful and methodical application of what we've got.

This book won't help convince climate-change deniers that the effort is worth while. But it may help convince some voters, investors, and policy makers, even here in the recalcitrant US, that renewable energy is cheap, reliable and doable. For that alone, it's a worthwhile book to have written and a worthwhile read.

I write a blog on public policy, with heavy emphasis on energy issues. (Google "Diatribes of Jay" and look up "Energy Policy" in the table of contents linked in the side bar). So much of what's in this book was not news to me.

But Davidson's sprightly writing and insight did more than confirm what I already knew. They also revealed the strength of Germany's "can-do" philosophy (which used to be an American characteristic), the value of having a leader (Chancellor Angela Merkel) who's an ex-physicist, and how generators, grid, transportation networks, and city planning can work together to make a sustainable and quintessentially civilized twenty-first century society.

I dinged the book one star for being short on the economics of renewables. But if economics is not your interest, you could consider it a five-star book for the price and the short time it takes to read it (an afternoon). For people not already aware of the value, economy and simplicity of renewable energy, it's a must-read.
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