Generating Electricity in a Carbon-Constrained World

Generating Electricity in a Carbon-Constrained World

1st Edition - September 16, 2009
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  • Editor: Fereidoon Sioshansi
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080889719

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The electric power sector is what keeps modern economies going, and historically, fossil fuels provided the bulk of the energy need to generate electricity, with coal a dominant player in many parts of the world. Now with growing concerns about global climate change, this historical dependence on fossil-fuels, especially those rich in carbon, are being questioned. Examining the implications of the industry's future in a carbon-constrained world, a distinct reality, is the subject of this book. Containing contributions from renowned scholars and academics from around the world, this book explores the various energy production options available to power companies in a carbon-constrained world. The three part treatment starts with a clear and rigorous exposition of the short term options including Clean Coal and Carbon Capture and Sequestration Technology, Coal, and Emission trading. Renewable energy options such as Nuclear Energy, Wind power, Solar power, Hydro-electric, and Geothermal energy are clearly explained along with their trade-offs and uncertainties inherent in evaluating and choosing different energy options and provides a framework for assessing policy solutions. This is followed by self-contained chapters of case-studies from all over the world. Other topics discussed in the book are Creating markets for tradable permits in the emerging carbon era, Global Action on Climate Change, The Impossibility of Staunching World CO2 Emissions and Energy efficiency.

Key Features

  • Clearly explains short term and long term options
  • Contributions from renowned scholars and academics from around the world
  • Case-studies from all over the world


Power Engineers, Electrical Engineers, Energy Engineers, Energy Economist, Environmental Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, and Industrial Engineers

Table of Contents

  • Part One: Short Term Options
    1. Carbon and climate change
    2. Coal
    3. Clean Coal and Carbon Capture and Sequestration Technology
    4. Emission trading
    5. Creating markets for tradable permits in the emerging carbon era
    6. Global Action on Climate Change
    7. The Impossibility of Staunching World CO2 Emissions

    Part Two: Renewable Energy Solutions
    8 & 9. Energy efficiency
    10. Nuclear Energy
    11. Wind power
    12. Solar power
    13. Hydro-electric
    14. Geothermal energy
    15. Biofuels
    16. Per capita carbon allowances

    Part Three: Case studies
    16. The economics, politics and mechanics of meeting California's carbon mandate
    17. ISOs, regional electricity markets, and greenhouse gas policy
    18. Life after coal?
    19. British electricity industry's carbon challenge
    20 & 21. China
    22. Beyond Fossil Fuels

Product details

  • No. of pages: 632
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2009
  • Published: September 16, 2009
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080889719
  • About the Editor

    Fereidoon Sioshansi

    Fereidoon Sioshansi
    Fereidoon Sioshansi is President of Menlo Energy Economics, a consulting firm focused on the rapid transformation of the electric power sector. He is the editor and publisher of EEnergy Informer, a monthly newsletter with international circulation. His professional experience includes working at Southern California Edison Co. (SCE), Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), NERA, and Global Energy Decisions. Since 2006, he has edited 13 books published by Academic Press; the latest, Variable generation, flexible demand, was published in 2021

    Affiliations and Expertise

    President, Menlo Energy Economics, San Francisco, CA, USA