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

By Greg Pahl

The Citizen-Powered Energy Handbook
Paperback, 384 pages £18.95
Published: 7th March 2007
ISBN: 9781933392127


In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Al Goreís summer blockbuster An Inconvenient Truth, and crude oil prices soaring to all-time highs, more people than ever know the truth about our oil addiction. Global warming is here. M. King Hubbertís oil peak is fast approaching (or may already have arrived). The secretís out: fossil fuel reserves are dwindling and popular interest has created the need for accessible, realistic solutions. The Citizen-Powered Energy Handbook, a clear-eyed view of the critical situation we face, offers ways out. Greg Pahl examines energy technologies currently available and homes in on renewable energy strategies that can be adopted by individuals and communities. Such cooperative initiatives have been common in Europe for years and are beginning to gain a foothold in the US. Each chapter focuses on a different renewable energy categoryósolar, wind, water, biomass, liquid biofuels, and geothermalóthen reviews their advantages and disadvantages and desccribes numerous examples of successful, proven local initiatives. The Citizen-Powered Energy Handbook is an eloquent appeal for community and regional action to initiate an array of solutions to energy needs until now controlled by large, distant utilities and consortiums. It is time to take back control of the energy and environmental challenges ahead; this book will help people do just that. It is a handbook for anyone ready to take the first steps towards a more sustainable future.

"Short of building an ark or two, this sensible, readable handbook offers the best prospects for collective investment in an uncertain future."
by Carol Van Strum, Department of the Planet Earth

ìAs the world passes through Peak Oil and society begins to Powerdown and Relocalize, this book will be of tremendous assistance to citizens and communities. Greg Pahl succinctly outlines why we need to use much less energy and then gives options and examples of how renewable energy can be produced locally. This handbook should be on the work-desk of anyone planning for a Post Carbon world.î
óJulian Darley, founder and director Post Carbon Institute

The Citizen-Powered Energy Handbook should be in the hands of every community activist across North America. It promises to be the catalyst that finally moves community ownership to the forefront of renewable energy development.
óPaul Gipe, author of Wind Power: Renewable Energy for Home, Farm, and Business Greg Pahl's Citizen-Powered Energy Handbook is a lucid, easy-to-read guide to what citizens of the planet can do about our energy dilemmas."
óDan Berman, author of Who Owns the Sun?

Greg Pahl

Greg Pahl has been involved with renewable energy issues for more than 25 years. He is a founding member of the Vermont Biofuels Association. He is also the author of Natural Home Heating: The Complete Guide to Renewable Energy Options (Chelsea Green, 2003), The Citizen-Powered Energy Handbook: Community Solutions to a Global Crisis (Chelsea Green, 2007), and has written about wind power, solar energy, electric cars, sustainable forestry management, and biodiesel home heating. He lives in Weybridge, Vermont. Visit Greg's Web site at

Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 384 pages
ISBN: 9781933392127

BISAC Code:  NAT000000, NAT011000, NAT038000, TEC031010
Imprint: Chelsea Green Publishing

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