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ISBN: 9781933392127
Year Added to Catalog: 2007
Book Format: Paperback
Book Art: B&W photographs, illustrations
Dimensions: 6 x 9
Number of Pages: 384
Book Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Old ISBN: 1933392126
Release Date: March 7, 2007
Web Product ID: 76

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The Citizen-Powered Energy Handbook

Community Solutions to a Global Crisis

by Greg Pahl

Foreword by Richard Heinberg

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For Immediate Release
November 22, 2006

The Citizen-Powered Energy Handbook
Community Solutions to a Global Crisis

By Greg Pahl
Foreword by Richard Heinberg

Contact: Jon-Mikel Gates, (802) 295-6300, ext. 111,

[email protected]

Groundbreaking Book Provides Local Solutions for Energy Crisis


We’ve gotten the message and the message is clear. Over the past year, a host of scientific articles and the widely viewed movie by Al Gore, An Inconvenient Truth, have presented compelling arguments for moving beyond our present fossil-fuel economy. The Long Emergency, The End of Oil, and Out of Gas are just a few titles from a slew of recent books.

By the end of this decade, if not sooner, our nation will have reached the time of “Peak Oil” – that pivotal moment in history when world oil production and reserves begin their inevitable and inexorable decline. Wars fought over dwindling resources, severe weather and climate change due to global greenhouse gas emissions – the predictions are sobering and often seem beyond our control as a human race, much less as individuals. Very little planning has so far been done by our government or industry to ease our transition away from fossil fuels, and toward a more renewable, and sustainable, energy future.

Now comes the solution. Energy expert Greg Pahl’s latest book, The Citizen- Powered Energy Handbook brings hope and optimism to each of us, as we face the energy challenge in our own homes, neighborhoods, and communities. Many of the renewable energy systems and technologies we will need to wean ourselves from fossil fuels already exist and are waiting on the shelf to be rediscovered, if only we have the will, the courage, and the wisdom to use them.

Pahl provides readers with a clear-eyed view of the current “energy landscape.” He helps regular people make sense of all of the energy options that are on the table and shows what works and what doesn’t, which future technologies can be part of the solution and which ones are probably sci-fi fantasies.

Pahl then focuses on key renewable energy strategies that can be adopted for individualor community use. Many of these cooperative initiatives have been common in Europe for years, and are beginning to gain a foothold in the United States. Each chapter explores a different renewable energy category (solar, wind power, water power, biomass, liquid biofuels, and geothermal), reviews their advantages as well as disadvantages, and provides numerous examples of successful local initiatives from various countries.

Written to inspire, with a decidedly pragmatic but encouraging tone, this book emphasizes the need for immediate local action to provide power for essential community needs. It also details the many advantages of Community Supported Energy (CSE), as well as the barriers that still need to be overcome. Although local initiatives will not eliminate the challenges ahead, they may ease the pain somewhat as society makes the necessary shift to a more sustainable future.

The Citizen-Powered Energy Handbook is an eloquent and timely appeal for community and regional action. Looking beyond a simplistic “magic bullet” solution to our looming energy crisis, the book argues for a broad array of solutions to our energy needs that are available now – solutions that will also strengthen our community and national security and break the monopolistic control of large, distant utilities and energy consortiums.

Greg Pahl, author of Biodiesel: Growing a New Energy Economy and Natural Home Heating: The Complete Guide to Renewable Engergy Options, has been following renewable energy issues for more than 25 years. He is a founding member of the Vermont Biofuels Association. Pahl lives in Weybridge, VT.




Book available March 2006 | Paperback | $21.95 | ISBN-10 1-933392-12-6 | ISBN-13 978-1-933392-12-7 | 6 x 9 | 376 pages

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