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Valentine, Scott / Sovacool, Benjamin / Brown, Marilyn

Empowering the Great Energy Transition

Policy for a Low-Carbon Future


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    Empowering the Great Energy Transition demonstrates that a transition away from carbon-intensive energy sources is inevitable—if we can overcome the forces supporting incumbent technologies. It provides an expert analysis of the achievable steps that citizens, organizational leaders, and policy makers can take.


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    Scott Valentine is an Associate Professor of Environmental Policy at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He previously served as founding Associate Director of the International Masters of Public Policy Program at the Graduate School of Public Policy,
    University of Tokyo. Valentine's recent publications include Wind Power Politics and Policy (Oxford University Press, 2014), and The National Politics of Nuclear Power (Routledge, 2012 - co-authored with Benjamin Sovacool).SovacoolBenjamin:

    Benjamin Sovacool is a Professor of Energy Policy at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the School of Business, Management, and Economics, at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom, where he is also the Director of the Center on Innovation and Energy Demand. He is the author of The Political Economy of Climate Change Adaptation (Palgrave, 2015), Energy Poverty (Oxford University Press, 2015), Global Energy Justice (Cambridge, 2014), The National Politics of Nuclear Power (Routledge, 2012 - co-authored with Scott Valentine), and Climate Change and Global Energy Security (MIT Press, 2011).BrownMarilyn:

    Marilyn Brown is a Professor in the School of Public Policy at Georgia Tech. Previously, she held an
    appointment at the U.S Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and is serving her second term as a Presidential appointee to the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority and on the DOE's Electricity Advisory Committee. She is the author of Green Savings: How Policies and Markets Drive Energy Efficiency (Praeger, 2015), and Climate Change and Global Energy Security (MIT Press, 2011).Scott Victor Valentine is professor and associate dean of sustainability and urban planning at RMIT University. His books include Wind Power Politics and Policies (2014) and, also with Brown and Sovacool, Fact and Fiction in Global Energy Policy: Fifteen Contentious Questions (2016).

    Marilyn A. Brown is a Regents’ and Brook Byers Professor in the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she directs the Climate and Energy Policy Lab. A former utility regulator, she is a corecipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for the IPCC Report on Mitigation of Climate Change.

    Benjamin K. Sovacool is professor of energy policy at the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex, where he serves as director of the Sussex Energy Group and of the Center on Innovation and Energy Demand. His publications include Global Energy Justice: Problems, Principles, and Practices (2014).


    Martin J. Pasqualetti, Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University:
    Valentine, Brown, and Sovacool have once again lent their wealth of knowledge and experience to the rest of us. At this critical time they have focused their attention on the most important topic of the day.Empowering the Great Energy Transition underscores the urgency of kicking our addiction to carbon-based fuels. But their contribution does not stop there. It does not just tell us why we should do it, but how we can do it. For those who have already caught a whiff of the climate-change catastrophe looming just over the horizon, finally here is a book that lays out with compelling detail, breadth and logic the necessary energy policies to achieve a low-carbon future that can save our children, our grandchildren, and ourselves. Among the many books on energy transition, this eclipses them all.

    David Victor, professor and codirector, Laboratory on International Law and Regulation, University of California at San Diego:
    Energy is back. After years in the wilderness, the future of energy is once again one of the world’s most important geopolitical, economic, environmental, and technological issues. Scott Valentine and colleagues thoughtfully survey the issues—and argue that energy will stay firmly on the agenda, not least because of the imperative of cutting carbon emissions that harm the climate. They open windows into the academic literatures, and deftly draw out the practical implications for individuals, organizations and government policy makers who want to have an impact.

    Robert F. Durant, Professor Emeritus, American University, and coeditor of Environmental Governance Reconsidered: Challenges, Choices, and Opportunities:
    Anyone offering or believing that bumper sticker solutions exist for reconciling global energy and environmental concerns in the twenty-first century should be humbled after reading this book. Valentine, Sovacool, and Brown offer an erudite, sobering, and compelling analysis of the complicated challenges, tradeoffs, and opportunities involved in transitioning globally to a renewable energy future. Writing in prose accessible to experts and laypersons alike, the authors adroitly integrate a multidisciplinary body of research (pro and con) to make a full-throated case for shifting to a renewable energy future. Readers may or may not agree with their arguments for an energy reset, but they cannot ignore the data, realpolitik, and strategic analysis the authors provide to explain and address the often halting and mostly patchworked progress made so far.

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