Chapter 13: Prospects for Renewable Energy

Douglas Arent, Paul Denholm, Easan Drury, Rachel Gelman, Maureen Hand, Chuck Kutscher, Margaret Mann, Mark Mehos, Alison Wise

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This chapter examines availability, markets, and the technical potential of renewable energy (RE) resources in meeting energy demand in a redefined energy economy. These new energy challenges include energy security, environmental integrity, climate change, and economic prosperity. It looks at how far renewables have come during the past decades and their potential to provide a larger portion of energy needs in the future. It also examines the current status of renewables capacity as well as technology investment; it includes trends by country and by technology as well as the impact of the global economic situation. Market and technology trends for resources such as hydropower, wind, solar, geothermal, and bioenergy; it also provides market projections are also outlined.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationEnergy, Sustainability and the Environment
Subtitle of host publicationTechnology, Incentives, Behavior
EditorsF. P. Sioshansi
Number of pages50
ISBN (Electronic)9780123851369
ISBN (Print)9780123851369
StatePublished - 2011

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CH-6A20-49699


  • capacity
  • demand
  • markets
  • RE
  • renewable energy
  • technical potential


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