Green energy : sustainable energy sources and alternative technologies

Miller, Wendy F. & Birkeland, Janis (2010) Green energy : sustainable energy sources and alternative technologies. In Yigitcanlar, Tan (Ed.) Sustainable Urban and Regional Infrastructure Development : Technologies, Applications and Management. Information Science Reference (IGI Global), Hershey PA USA, pp. 1-16.

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Despite the general evolution and broadening of the scope of the concept of infrastructure in many other sectors, the energy sector has maintained the same narrow boundaries for over 80 years. Energy infrastructure is still generally restricted in meaning to the transmission and distribution networks of electricity and, to some extent, gas. This is especially true in the urban development context. This early 20th century system is struggling to meet community expectations that the industry itself created and fostered for many decades. The relentless growth in demand and changing political, economic and environmental challenges require a shift from the traditional ‘predict and provide’ approach to infrastructure which is no longer economically or environmentally viable. Market deregulation and a raft of demand and supply side management strategies have failed to curb society’s addiction to the commodity of electricity. None of these responses has addressed the fundamental problem. This chapter presents an argument for the need for a new paradigm. Going beyond peripheral energy efficiency measures and the substitution of fossil fuels with renewables, it outlines a new approach to the provision of energy services in the context of 21st century urban environments.

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ID Code: 34298
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: energy infrastructure, sustainable energy, energy services, energy master plan, microgrids
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-775-6.ch001
ISBN: 9781612507756
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING (090600) > Power and Energy Systems Engineering (excl. Renewable Power) (090607)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Urban and Regional Planning not elsewhere classified (120599)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Design
Past > Schools > School of Engineering Systems
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Please consult the authors.
Deposited On: 01 Sep 2010 00:00
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2016 23:41

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