Renewable Energy Strategies for Europe: Electricity systems and primary electricity sources

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Michael Grubb, Roberto Vigotti, Energy and Environmental Programme (Royal Institute of International Affairs)
Earthscan, 1995 - Technology & Engineering - 128 pages
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Published in association with The Royal Institute of International AffairsTechnologies for generating electricity from primary renewable sources hydro, wind, solar cells, wave and tidal power - are developing rapidly. So too are Europes electricity systems, which are undergoing momentous change as governments and the European Commission move to introduce competition and new environmental policies into the sector. This study examines the implications of these combined trends for the role of primary renewables in European electricity.In the centralized electricity monopolies of old, the small unit scale and the dispersed, fluctuating nature of most of these sources were serious drawbacks. But in the emerging liberalized electricity systems, this book argues, renewables will be able to develop into major commercial industries based on their special characteristics and continuing technical improvements. With appropriate complementary policies, the regulatory liberalization now sweeping European electricity could lead to renewable sources contributing as much as half of Europes electricity within three decades.
  

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Contents

Economics and Emerging
11-1
Tables
11-5
Figures
11-9
The Role of Variable and Dispersed Sources in Electricity
11-27
Hydro Power
11-49
Wind Energy
11-59
systems 88
4-6
Solar Electricity with Roberto Vigotti 103
4-17
Ocean Energy from the Tides and Waves 153
53
Integrated Renewable Electricity Systems for Europe 173
73
Conclusions and policy implications 201
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Michael Grubb is the Editor-in-Chief of Climate Policy and is a leading international researcher on the economic and policy dimensions of climate change and energy policy issues. He currently holds positions as Chief Economist at The Carbon Trust (UK), Senior Research Associate at the Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge and Visiting Professor at the Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London.

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