The Energy Imperative
100 Percent Renewable Now
Foreword by Bianca Jagger
Routledge – 2011 – 184 pages
For decades, Hermann Scheer was one of the world's leading proponents of renewable energy. In this, his last book before his death in 2010, he lays out his vision for a planet 100% powered by renewables and examines the fundamental ethical and economic imperatives for such a shift. And most importantly, he demonstrates why the time for this transition is now. In Scheer's view, talk of "bridging technologies" such as carbon capture and storage or nuclear energy even (and perhaps especially) by environmentalists is actively damaging the more the pressing agenda of the move to 100% renewable energy. Instead, he offers up examples of the technologies which are working (economically) today and details the policy and market conditions which would allow them to flourish. In 1993, Scheer's A Solar Manifesto laid the foundations for the road which has led to annual newly installed renewable capacity today rivalling that of conventional power sources. The Energy Imperative provides a practical, inspirational map for the next stage of the journey.
Introduction Energy Change: The Ultimate Challenge Part 1: Taking Stock 1. No Alternative to Renewable Energy: The Long Suppressed Physical Imperative 2. Methods and Psychology of Slowing Down: Paralysis, Delays and (Un)willing Alliances 3. Super Grids as Pseudo-progressive Brakes: DESERTEC and the North Sea Project, the New Megalomania Part 2: People, Scope for Creativity, and Technologies for 100 Percent Renewable Energy 4. Speeding Up: The Free Development of Renewable Energy instead of Technocratic Planning 5. Productive Fantasy: The Economic Imperative of Energy Change 6. "Agenda 21" Reloaded: Global Federal Initiatives for Energy Change 7. A Value Decision: Social Ethics instead of Energy Economism
Hermann Scheer is a Social Democrat member of the German Bundestag (Parliament), President of Eurosolar (The European Association for Renewable Energy) and General Chairman of the World Council for Renewable Energy.