Renewable Energy: A Nontechnical Guide - electronic book

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This comprehensive guide covers all the essential aspects of renewable energy, drawing on the extensive experience of an energy journalist. The book offers a clear and accessible overview, beginning with a historical context and basic energy principles. It then delves into major concepts and applications of solar, wind, hydroelectric, geothermal, biomass, and hydrogen on both a North American and global scale. 

Addressing challenges like supply chain, cybersecurity, grid reliability, recycling, and NIMBY opposition, the guide provides valuable insights. Looking ahead, it considers future considerations in the context of an uncertain climate and the imperative to decarbonize. The content spans diverse scales, from utility-sized hydroelectric plants to residential and commercial rooftop solar panels. Additionally, the guide includes a glossary, along with a curated list of books, journals, and websites for further reading and reference.

Features & Benefits

  • A contextual view of renewable energy past, present, and future
  • Covers the six major sources of renewable energy
  • Discusses the challenges facing renewable energy
  • Provides full scale representation of use from utilities to the individual


  • Field level personnel
  • Management
  • Energy lending and finance professionals
  • Anyone who seeks to understand how, or relies upon, energy markets
  • Students

About the Author

David Wagman, through a career spanning four-plus decades, has excelled at making complex topics and technologies easily understood by a diverse audience through print, digital, and video media, as well as live events. A well-respected energy journalist, he has led editorial teams in senior roles at industry-leading titles that include Power Engineering, Power, pv magazine, and Renewable Energy World, among others. Earlier in his career, he was part of the communications team at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and also created the Energy Insights analysis service for Financial Times Energy. In this, his first book, David builds on his years of experience to present an objective, fact-based, and non-technical guide to renewable energy resources and their rapidly growing use as electrification expands and the power grid decarbonizes. His interest in energy began as a graduate research associate at the National Regulatory Research Institute at Ohio State University, where he earned his M.Sc. degree in City and Regional Planning. David and his wife, Susan, reside in Northfield, Minnesota.

Type: eBook
Pages: 226
Published: February, 2024
ISBN: 9781955578172

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