Sustainable Electricity II

A Conversation on Tradeoffs

  • Jessica Fox
  • Morgan Scott

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Ajay Arora, Brad Brown, Diane Saftic, Richard Smith, Steven Whitworth
    Pages 9-32
  3. Timothy W. Lohner, C. Michael Williams, Jeffrey W. Wilson
    Pages 33-55
  4. Bruce Alexander, Thomas Bonner, William Brady, Christopher Budzynski, Mark Derry, Scott Dupcak et al.
    Pages 75-96
  5. Nancy Sutley, William Funderburk, John Chen, David Jacot, Maria Sison-Roces
    Pages 117-141
  6. Monte Lee Matthews, Dawn Best, Laura Doze, Todd Kiefer, Madhu Ranade, Karen Utt et al.
    Pages 203-222
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 235-241

About this book


  • Realities of power company choices, regulatory boundaries, and stakeholder approvals.
  • Expectations of the responsible investor, environmental advocate, and Silicon Valley companies including Google, Facebook, and Stanford University.
  • Surprising stories show how creativity, innovation, and planning can resolve some of the toughest choices facing electric power companies today, although not in all cases.
Building on the first volume, Sustainable Electricity: Case Studies from Electric Power Companies in North America (Fox, 2016. Springer), this book dives headfirst into the economic, environmental, and social tradeoffs power companies face as they strive to be sustainable.  With more than 40 contributing experts, chapters include first-hand power company stories, case studies of leading Silicon Valley organizations; socially responsible investor contemplations; environmental advocacy arguments; and regulatory realities.  The book provides a window into the choices companies make, the tradeoffs stakeholders accept, and the bottom line that comes with producing sustainable electricity.  It will be an important resource that will accelerate collective thoughts on what ‘sustainable electricity’ means and what needs to be considered when the “everyone wins” outcome is elusive. 
    “People have been able to fish, hike, camp and boat on a beautiful AEP property that supports recreational activities for many years. Now AEP has to generate income from this property. Do we build roads and drill to extract the natural gas? Do we sell the timber and keep the property? Do we sell the whole thing? What about the fish, deer and other wildlife? Tradeoffs will be made, and not everyone will like them.” 
      Tim W. Lohner, Ph.D., Environmental Specialist, American Electric Power.  (Chapter 3)
        “Companies are demanding access to clean energy and investors are pressing companies to source 100% renewable. It is essential that utilities develop a comprehensive strategy to reduce climate impact, and clearly articulate the plan and their progress. Customers and investors want to see this progress, and utilities need to develop the right model for their particular business.”
          John Streur, CEO, Calvert Research & Management (Chapter 4)
            “At Chevron, we are continually examining the tradeoffs as we work to improve our energy efficiency and reduce our environmental footprint. The complexity of our global, shared challenge to electrify the world without undue compromise to the integrity of our planet is one that will require global action. The experiences and perspectives detailed in this book are important to understand as we collectively work towards a sustainable energy future. The one billion plus are counting on us.”
              Kirsten S. Thorne, Global Issues and Public Policy Manager, Chevron (Forward)'


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              Editors and affiliations

              • Jessica Fox
                • 1
              • Morgan Scott
                • 2
              1. 1.Electric Power Research InstitutePalo AltoUSA
              2. 2.Electric Power Research InstituteWashington, DCUSA

              Bibliographic information

              • DOI
              • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
              • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
              • eBook Packages Energy
              • Print ISBN 978-3-319-95695-4
              • Online ISBN 978-3-319-95696-1
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