In Reinventing Fire, Amory Lovins and Rocky Mountain Institute offer a new vision to revitalize business models, end-run Washington gridlock, and win the. Reinventing Fire has ratings and 24 reviews. the Kindle edition of Amory Lovins’ latest book “Inventing Fire – Bold Solutions for the New Energy Era”. Reinventing Fire: Bold New Solutions for the New Energy Era Amory Lovins Rocky Mountains Institute, A note on the energy chapters in.

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No trivia or quizzes yet. Get Resilience reinvejting daily. As in my review here of Mark Lynas’ “The God Species” the other day, this is just a rather long copypaste of four reviews I wrote on my blog last November.

One of the more interesting statistics for me is that cars got the best gas mileage in the mid’s.

Moreover, that long-awaited energy tipping point—where alternatives work better than oil and coal and compete purely on cost—is no longer decades in the future.

This is bound to have more appeal and impact with the conservative crowd. This fits the latest data in the marketplace: By getting competitive rewards right, he explained, reinnventing is scant need to regulate many of gire transformations.

Thus renewable energy supply systems involve serious problems to do with the provision of redundant plant, and these greatly increase system capital costs.

Cleaning up the environment, specifically fighting CO2 pollution causing global warming. My main interest is in the capital cost of the energy technologies required to enable demand to be met at all times, and my general view is that renewable energy will be much too capital costly to run consumer societies.


There seems to be no discussion of the embodied energy cost of electric vehicles. Paul rated it really liked it Apr 15, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. There are four areas of focus, where fossil fuel and carbon emissions can be cut, and the plans and goals for each are aamory To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lovins cites Henry Ford with this quote: The key barrier to success is reknventing inadequate technologies but tardy adoption.

What matters is the amount of plant needed to cope with peak demandnot average demand, in conditions of minimal availability of renewable sources.

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Reinventing Fire by Amory Lovins at Chelsea Green Publishing

Our analysis assumes that on average, the entire United States will ramp up over decades to the rates of efficiency and renew ables adoption that the most attentive states have already achieved. It reads like a textbook, or a consultant report in book format–access This book is a landmark.

And he may well be right. Connect with this author Reinventing Fire’s Website. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals; general readers. It certainly makes me want to keep working in the clean energy industry.

Reinventing Fire

The notion that U. Australian average electricity demand is c. So they won’t get their big new nuclear wave without getting rid of renewable first. I didn’t feel that I really learned a lot new here – some interesting chapters, but on the whole I’ve read a lot of more interesting books on the subject. What’s more relevant in the book is gas mileage now and in the future but that fact stayed with me. Nuclear energy has not showed any learning curve, according to Lovins.


Counting the important hidden benefits and costs to health, productivity, security, etc. Lovins always has an enthusiastically optimistic view of probable future trends in costs. Fourth, renewable, and especially distributed renewable, futures require very different regulatory structures and business models.

Natural gas saved through more-efficient buildings and factories could be reallocated to cleaner, cheaper, and more efficient combined-heat-and-power in industry though we conservatively assume none in buildingsto displacing oil and coal in buildings and factories, and optionally to fueling trucks.

I also recall that France has built its world leading nuclear fleet for reasons completely unrelated to climate change. So whether or not one believes in climate change, the imperative to boost economic growth justifies the same approach. That luxury might have been defensible when Greenpeace started out on their anti-nuclear campaigns a couple of decades ago.

And there are so many interesting facts in this book that everyone interested in the field of energy policy is just about guaranteed to learn something new.

Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era

Perhaps Lovins reckons that even if only a few people and companies and governments are thereby inspired to do the right thing then that is better than nothing. By focusing on outcomes, rather than motives, Lovins said, disagreements should disappear. I have to admit the argument was pretty clear.