Global Energy Demand in Transition

The New Role of Electricity

  • Behram N. Kursunoglu
  • Stephan L. Mintz
  • Arnold Perlmutter

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Summary of the Conference

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Foreseeable Expansion of the Global Market for Electricity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
    2. Behram N. Kursunoglu
      Pages 31-32
    3. Chauncey Starr
      Pages 33-39
    4. Thomas F. Garrity
      Pages 41-49
  4. Factors that Drive the Evolution of the Market Shares of Energy Sources

  5. The Role of Natural Gas in Electrcity Generation

  6. Energy Interdependency and its Impact on Environment and International Security

  7. Nuclear Reactors, New Technologies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
    2. H. J. Bruschi, C. G. Durfee, W. C. Gangloff
      Pages 161-167
  8. Burning of Plutonium, Heu, and Nuclear Waste Transmutation Technologies

  9. Policy Recommendations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 245-245
    2. Henry King Stanford
      Pages 247-247
    3. Edward Teller
      Pages 249-249
    4. David Berwald
      Pages 253-254
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 255-256

About this book


The annual conferences on energy, which were begun in 1977, continued to 1992 and resumed again in 1994. The theme of the 1994 conference was "Global Energy Demand in Transition: The New Role ofElectricity. " Global energy production, distribution, and utilization is in astate of transition toward an increased and more diversified use of electricity, which is the safest, most versatile, and cleanest form of secondary energy. Electricity is easy to generate, transmit, and distribute, making its use practically universal. These facts make it urgent to explore the technological prospects and long term availability of environmentally benign energy sources for generating electricity. It is expected that the conference will be useful to the governments in formulating their energy policies and to the public utilities for their long term planning. The conference has: 1) assessed the increase and diversification in the use of electricity; 2) assessed the technological prospects for clean energy sources that still require more research and development, i. e. solar, hydrogen, nuclear (fission and fusion), etc. ; 3) assessed the roles of non-market factors and possible improved decision processes on energy and environmental issues; 4) made concrete recommendations regarding research and development policies and regulations to expedite the transition to a dependable, safer, and benign electricity-based energy complex; 5) studied the cost impact: price, environment, safety, and international security; 6) provided an analysis of an expected transition from the fossil fuel transportation to electrical transportation (e. g.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Behram N. Kursunoglu
    • 1
  • Stephan L. Mintz
    • 2
  • Arnold Perlmutter
    • 3
  1. 1.Global Foundation, Inc.Coral GablesUSA
  2. 2.Florida International UniversityMiamiUSA
  3. 3.University of MiamiMiamiUSA

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