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Weblinks for Energy futures

Energy and the quality of life

World energy assessment Part 1 has information and data on energy use and standard of living. Published in 2000 but still useful.
http://www.undp.org/energy/activities/wea/drafts-frame.html

World Energy assessment, an update and overview of the more detailed report above
http://www.undp.org/energy/weaover2004.htm

New Economics Foundation Report, The Price of Power, on global energy use and poverty
www.neweconomics.org/publications/price-power

POST note – access to energy in developing countries
http://www.parliament.uk/documents/post/pn191.pdf

Patterns of energy use worldwide

BP Statistical review of world energy
http://www.bp.com/productlanding.do?categoryId=6929&contentId=7044622

Key world energy statistics from the International Energy Agency
http://www.iea.org/textbase/nppdf/free/2009/key_stats_2009.pdf

You can also search the International Energy Agency for a wide range of other statistics
http://www.iea.org/Textbase/stats/index.asp

UK Energy consumption Report, an overview of consumption by different sectors with updates available to 2009
http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/statistics/publications/ecuk/ecuk.aspx

US Energy Information Administration provides statistics on US and international energy
http://www.eia.doe.gov/

New Scientist Special Report on energy and fuels
http://www.newscientist.com/topic/energy-fuels

The World energy Council provides a wealth of data on all aspects of energy
http://www.worldenergy.org/publications/115.asp

Earth Trends individual country profiles with data about energy and resources
http://earthtrends.wri.org/text/energy-resources/country-profiles.html

Very detailed energy statistics from the UN
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/energy/default.htm

Sustainable energy

Sustainable energy without hot air – downloadable book with lots of data to support arguments
http://www.withouthotair.com/

Practical Action – Energy for the Poor – web page and download
http://practicalaction.org/?id=energy_for_the_poor

Bath team web site about their work to develop new energy resources
http://www.bath.ac.uk/powerttp/

BP on alternative sources of energy
http://www.bp.com/modularhome.do?categoryId=7010&contentId=7026283

Strategies for sustainable energy and renewables, EU and international
http://www.agores.org/POLICY/default.htm

UK Government on renewables
http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/what_we_do/uk_supply/energy_mix/renewable/renewable.aspx

Global Change report on Biofuels
http://www.igbp.net/documents/NL_70-2.pdf

POST report on biofuels
http://www.parliament.uk/documents/upload/postpn293.pdf

The science of energy resources – generating electricity

Links to a wide range of international sources about electricity generation
http://www.geni.org/globalenergy/issues/global/energy/index.shtml

POST report on electricity generation in the UK
http://www.parliament.uk/documents/upload/postpn280.pdf

Good energy group supplying renewable energy to the UK
http://www.good-energy.co.uk/

A commentary on the UK policy for renewable electricity
http://www.ucl.ac.uk/cbes/research/energy-and-state-of-science-reviews

Managing risks – nuclear power

Do we need nuclear power. Accessible debate on the issue
http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/print/128

Myths of a nuclear renaissance (link from here), a detailed evaluation of the economics
http://www.calvert-henderson.com/energy.htm

Greenpeace Convenient Solution campaigning against nuclear power
http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/blog/climate/the-convenient-solution-20070718

Government white paper on nuclear power
http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/+/http://www.berr.gov.uk/files/file43006.pdf

Why greens must learn to love nuclear power in the New Statesman
http://www.newstatesman.com/environment/2008/09/nuclear-power-lynas-reactors

Oxford Research Group report: Secure Energy? Civil Nuclear Power, Security and Global Warming
http://www.oxfordresearchgroup.org.uk/publications/briefing_papers/secure_energy_civil_nuclear_power_security_and_global_warming

Nuclear versus renewables: ideas and information for a debate
http://www.idebate.org/debatabase/topic_details.php?topicID=15

5.7 Energy futures – scenarios

Scenarios and their development summarised by the Prime Ministers Strategy unit
http://interactive.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/strategy/survivalguide/skills/eb_scenarios.htm

http://www.ethicalcorp.com/content.asp?ContentID=5987

Energy scenarios related to sustainability referred to in the textbook
http://www.undp.org/energy/activities/wea/

This IIASA/WEC site allows the user to show projections of fuel use, electricity generation or emissions in different world regions for different scenarios
http://www.iiasa.ac.at/cgi-bin/ecs/book_dyn/bookcnt.py

Shell Energy Scenarios including explanations of the basis of the scenarios used and videos.
http://www.shell.com/home/content/aboutshell/our_strategy/shell_global_scenarios/

A commentary on the Shell scenarios
http://www.ethicalcorp.com/content.asp?ContentID=5987

World Energy Council Policy Scenarios – with video
http://www.worldenergy.org/publications/energy_policy_scenarios_to_2050/default.asp

5.8 Policy, economics and politics

The main UK government site on energy and climate change with explanations of current policy
http://decc.gov.uk/

Cost benefit analysis for evaluation of major energy projects. Basic introduction to cost benefit analysis to be found in Tutor2U and in Wikipedia
http://tutor2u.net/economics/revision-notes/a2-micro-cost-benefit-analysis.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cost-benefit_analysis

A detailed cost-benefit analysis report about biofuels in Canada
http://www.biocap.ca/rif/report/Reaney_M.pdf

Facts and uncertainties – EU report about biofuels
http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/jrc/downloads/jrc_biofuels_report.pdf

Changing EU policy goals for biofuels
http://www.envirovaluation.org/index.php/2008/07/08/europeans_reconsider_biofuel_goal

World Energy Council Survey of energy resources and policies
http://www.worldenergy.org/publications/115.asp

World energy assessment, parts 2 to 4, examines the policy options with detailed statistics
http://www.undp.org/energy/activities/wea/drafts-frame.html

The UK government site on Sustainable Development
http://www.defra.gov.uk/sustainable/government/

UK energy policy summary
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energy_policy_of_the_United_Kingdom

SEEN critique of World Bank Policies: Sustainable Energy and Economy Network
http://www.seen.org/

Ethical concerns underlying energy issues
http://www.peep.ac.uk/content/611.0.html