Recommended reading

Posted: 7 November 2000

Among the vast literature on electricity and renewable energy the following titles are especially useful, writes Walt Patterson.

Energy for a Sustainable World, by Jose Goldemberg of Brazil, Thomas B. Johansson of Sweden, Amulya K. N. Reddy of India and Robert H. Williams of the US (Wiley Eastern 1998) was a sweeping, prescient and visionary overview of the emerging relationship between sustainability and energy, and a landmark in the global policy debate.

Long a deeply conservative influence on global energy policy, the World Energy Council at last emerged as an impressively forward-looking body with its report Energy for Tomorrow's World (Kogan Page, 1993). Its subsequent reports on Renewable Energy Resources: Opportunities and Constraints 1990-2020 (WEC 1993) and Global Energy Perspectives to 2050 and Beyond, a joint study with the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (WEC/11ASA 1995), reinforced the World Energy Council's role in leading the global energy community.

Renewable Energy for Fuels and Electricity, by Thomas B. Johansson and others (Earthscan/Island Press, 1993), and 1160-page encyclopaedia prepared by many of the world's foremost experts at the request of the United Nations, instantly became the bible of renewable energy advocates everywhere and remains so.

Reviewer: Walt Patterson

Reviewer Info: Walt Patterson is a Senior Research Fellow in the Energy and Environmental Programme, of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (UK), and best-selling author of Nuclear Power.