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  Soft energy path - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
As physicist/consultant/lobbyist Amory Lovins describes it, the "hard energy path" (with which the soft path contrasts) involves inefficient liquid-fuel automotive transport, as well as giant, centralized electricity-generating facilities, often burning fossil fuels (e.g., coal or petroleum) or harnessing a nuclear fission reaction.
At the same time, proponents of renewable energy sources have been frustrated by the fact that the overall fraction of energy derivation supplied by renewables has declined slightly in a number of nations (though grown slightly in others) if, say, the years 1985 and 1994 are compared.
The renewable-energy situation might, for this period, be interpreted as one of stagnation as regards this aspect of the soft energy path.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Soft_energy_path   (531 words)

 A Soft Path for Water Services   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The terminology borrows from the energy soft path foreseen by RMI co-founder Amory Lovins in 1977.
The energy soft path is characterized by highly efficient end-use technologies and widespread use of small-scale renewable energy resources—photovoltaics, wind power, biogas, hydrogen fuel cells, etc.—in contrast to continued proliferation of large, centralized fossil-fuel and nuclear power plants and continued reliance on fossil fuels for motive power.
The water soft path, like the energy soft path, places a strong emphasis on greatly increased efficiency in end use, precise management systems to avoid system losses, and matching of system components to the exact quantities and qualities required for appropriate classes and locations of end use.
www.rmi.org /sitepages/pid278.php   (884 words)

 Soft energy, hard politics, by Brian Martin
Lovins' eloquent and well-documented argument is in favour of a soft energy future--one in which renewable energy sources and diverse and accessible technologies, appropriately matched to their end-uses, form the basis for a pluralistic, non-repressive and participatory social and political framework.
These considerations suggest a possible alternative to Lovins' hard and soft energy paths: a gradual transition to a combined system of hard and soft technologies, the transition to soft technologies occurring as soon as they can be introduced in a form that maintains the essentials of present social, political, and economic structures [3].
The forces backing and benefitting from hard energy paths are enormous, and they are only likely to give in as it becomes apparent to economic and political leaders that the safer soft energy future is possible without major structural changes in society.
www.uow.edu.au /arts/sts/bmartin/pubs/78uc.html   (4068 words)

 Center for Energy&Environmental Policy
A transformation of the world’s energy systems is underway, with the current architecture not likely to last more than a few decades into the new century.
A priority of the new sustainable energy paradigm must also be removing the global inequalities associated with current energy arrangements.
Issues addressed by CEEP include: energy for sustainable development, energy and developing countries, environmental and social assessments of energy policies, the role of energy in climate change, the political economy of nuclear power, community-scale energy planning, and the requirements for energy justice.
ceep.udel.edu /energy/index.html   (373 words)

 The Soft Energy Path   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The soft path is a future viewed with common sense, urgency, and qualified optimism.
The soft energy path is already coming to pass.
Wherever there is a hard path, there is also a soft one—and a host of opportunities to go with it.
www.rmi.org /sitepages/pid292.php   (275 words)

 Biofuels   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Switchgrass has an energy output to input ratio of approximately 20:1, and typically can produce 185 GJ (175.5 MBtu) of energy per 10 tonnes of biomass from land that is often of marginal crop producing value.
Energy inputs and outputs associated with of switchgrass as a pelleted biofuel.
It is a sustainable energy transformation pathway that is relatively environmentally benign.
healthandenergy.com /biofuels.htm   (4069 words)

 The Myth of Alternative Energy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
At least half the energy growth never reaches the consumer because it is lost in elaborate conversions in an increasingly inefficient fuel chain dominated by electrical generation.
Energy conservation was cheaper and faster to implement than new power plants were to construct.
A fairer and more logical explanation would be that the soft path and the theory that alternative energies could replace central generating stations proved to be woefully misbegotten.
www.tysknews.com /Depts/Environment/myth.htm   (3379 words)

 Plowboy Interview   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
That is, although an ordinary person wouldn't necessarily be able to build a particular soft energy device or have a detailed knowledge of what goes on inside it, he or she would be able to control it.
By matching energy quality to end use needs, I simply mean that where you have a job that can be done by low-grade energy, you should use lowgrade energy to do that job, and not high-grade energy.
Some people say that a soft energy path entails mainly social problems and a hard path mainly technical problems, and that since—in the past we've been better at solving the technical problems than social ones, those are the kind of problems we should incur now.
www.motherearthnews.com /DIY/1977_November_December/Plowboy_Interview   (7688 words)

 Soft Energy Paths
A soft energy path is one that is pliable, one that matches the energy source to the energy demand.
Soft energy paths require a paradigm shift into the arena of deep ecology.
Soft energy paths are part of the process of localisation, retaining control and resources within the local community.
www.heureka.clara.net /gaia/energy.htm   (5739 words)

 EnergyPulse Article
Energy is also a lot like food, don't waste it, but if we try to conserve food to the point where we do not get enough, then we will be in the same dire straights as by coercive conservation of energy.
Comparing Enron to utility energy efficiency programs is ironic in the sense that when the "free market" of energy deregulation started to emerge in the earily part of 1999, many utilities cancelled their energy efficiency programs.
Energy efficiency is a way to buy ourselves more time to find other sources to add to the energy generation portfolio.
www.energypulse.net /centers/article/article_print.cfm?a_id=488   (6884 words)

 HopeDance Magazine ~ Radical Solutions Inspiring Hope
If this were not true, then energy would have been a huge political issue in the last presidential election or would be in the upcoming congressional elections.
How removed from the realities of energy relationships we’ve become was clarified to me in 1995 when I, with 9 other people, were appointed as the technical committee to help develop the Energy Element for the San Luis Obispo County General Plan.
The integrated energy path is the one most regulated by local entities such as our planning commission.
www.hopedance.org /new/issues/54/article7.html   (1263 words)

 EnergyPulse - Insight Analysis and Commentary on the Global Power Industry
Energy is a very peculiar good : it shall be generated at the same time is requested, it is difficult to storage, requires long time for the construction of plants and transport lines with relevant investment and delayed revenue.
Energy companies contribute a lot of money to support "environmental" organizations that in turn spend a lot of money misinforming the public about nuclear energy.
It is not surprising in the least when one considers that Amory and Hunter see natural gas fired cogeneration plants as the best currently available bridge to their mythical soft energy future where a much smaller world population is supplied by windmills and solar panels.
www.energypulse.net /centers/article/article_display.cfm?a_id=34   (2920 words)

 Problem-solver - Amory Lovins Questions Design and Resource Efficiency
In outlining first a continuation of the status quo, in which depletable fuels would be used inefficiently and provided from ever more complex and centralized plants, he urged the United States to follow a “soft energy path,” in which the energy problem was redefined.
LOVINS: Total U.S. energy consumption is now within a couple of percent of the soft energy path graph that was so controversial 26 years ago.
In the past five years, our energy intensity has been falling by about 3 percent a year, and in the past 25 years, that reduced intensity — that is, less energy per dollar of GDP — has come to provide two-fifths of all the energy services we get.
www.buildings.com /Articles/detail.asp?ArticleID=659   (1176 words)

 petrolpump.co.in : energy sources, Fossil fuel,Hubbert peak Future energy development,Renewable energy ,Soft energy ...
When generating electricity, energy from the combustion of fossil fuels is often used to power a turbine.
Older generators used steam generated by the burning of the fuel to turn the turbine, but in newer power plants the gases produced by burning of the fuel turn a gas turbine directly.
The reports from the early 1973 energy crisis) that oil supplies would run out in the 1990s have proven wrong, but oil is still believed to be a finite resource.
www.petrolpump.co.in /energy-sources/fossil-fuels.htm   (653 words)

 Leonardo ENERGY | The Web Community for Sustainable Energy Professionals
Energy cost of data centres is not sustainable
The report expects the energy cost of the average UK data centre to double between 2006 and 2010.
Indeed, in the debate about renewable energies it is often overlooked that large-scale hydro power generation is old, conventional technique but fulfilling the prerequisites of a sustainable economy.
www.leonardo-energy.org /drupal   (2010 words)

 Soft Energy Pathfinder: Who Needs Oil, Anyway? :: blackEnergy :: The Power to Empower   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Amory Lovins drives a hybrid that gets 64 miles per gallon and lives in a solar-powered house that is so energy-efficient he's able to grow bananas in an indoor jungle high in the Colorado Rockies.
Yet the 54-year-old renewable energy evangelist, who emerged as one of the most influential energy thinkers three decades ago during the last oil crisis, is no anti-establishment foe of the free market.
While most analysts were focused on how to secure more oil -- what he calls the "hard energy path" -- Lovins argued for the "soft energy path" of boosting fuel efficiency and developing alternative fuels.
www.blackenergy.com /Article104.phtml   (976 words)

 Whole Earth: Energy Lessons Learned and To be Learned
A "third wave" of energy efficiency may be starting, reversing the 1986-96 period of stagnation.
Energy efficiency and power generation will be bought, respectively, for qualitatively superior services and distributed benefits.
Energy is but one of a myriad of fields that the biological paradigm will transform.
www.wholeearthmag.com /ArticleBin/185.html   (1225 words)

If nonrenewable energy and other natural resources are being depleted at an escalating rate, initiate conservation measures and technological fixes to stem the tide of diminishing resources and rising prices.
FROM PATH TO The word Sustainability has become the catalyst for change embraced by numerous ecological groups and other supportive social movements populating the globe who have designated sustainability as the path which must be taken.
Moreover, globalist approaches, precisely because they are so scattered and do not concentrate political energy and resources in a place and space, hold little hope of achieving a critical mass where sustainability can become a balance- seeking process.
www.uky.edu /~rlevine/don1.html   (2905 words)

 Energy guru sees oil-free world - Environment - MSNBC.com
Lovins, who emerged as one of the nation's most influential energy thinkers during the last oil crisis three decades ago, drives a hybrid that gets 64 miles per gallon and lives in a solar-powered house that is so energy efficient, he's able to grow bananas in an indoor jungle high in the Rocky Mountains.
"I realized that energy was at the root of many security, development and environment problems," says Lovins, whose nine doctorates are all honorary.
He gained national attention with his 1976 Foreign Affairs essay, "Energy Strategy: The Road Not Taken." While most analysts were focused on how to secure more oil — what he calls the "hard energy path" — Lovins argued for the "soft energy path" of boosting fuel efficiency and developing alternative fuels.
www.msnbc.msn.com /id/6492077   (1043 words)

 Soft Energy Path - The Better Way
Life was a lot less energy intensive and there were far fewer of us.
It is reasonable to say that mankind's activities had little impact on global climate.
It is clear to me what has to be done and equally clear about the momentum that the fossil fuel culture has.
www.softenergypath.com   (2077 words)

 Soft vs. hard energy path: the political lines harden | csmonitor.com
The House of Representatives has passed energy bills the past four years, but the measures have stalled in the Senate.
With their increased Senate majority after the most recent election, and having attached ANWR to a budget resolution, thereby avoiding a filibuster by Democrats, Republicans are likely to be able to overcome that roadblock this session.
Mounting subsidies in the energy bill apparently have the White House worried as well, particularly with some oil companies enjoying record profits tied to sky-high prices for crude oil.
www.csmonitor.com /2005/0422/p02s01-uspo.html   (1008 words)

 Na Makani Energy Initiative   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
As a result of the North Kohala community's clearly expressed preference to avoid polluting technologies of energy production and to pursue long-term, sustainable solutions to its energy needs into the 21st century, an effort was initiated to engage in a true community based energy planning process.
Provide renewable energy developers with reasonable terms and conditions regarding access, access charges, etc. Independent power producers should be allowed to transmit and distribute renewable energy to consumers who are willing to pay the price.
The Na Makani Energy Initiative project proposed to provide a vehicle for the community to envision and articulate its preferred energy future, and to develop a preliminary action plan as a cornerstone for energy self-sufficiency for the community of North Kohala.
www.kohala.net /namakani   (2019 words)

 The Hard and Soft Energy Paths -- According to Amory Lovins   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
In his 1976 Foreign Affairs article entitled "Soft Energy Paths", and in his subsequent book of the same title, Amory Lovins (founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute) contrasted the "Hard Energy Path", as forecast at that time by most electrical utilities, and the "Soft Energy Path", as advocated by Lovins and other utility critics.
Amory's ideas, which have stood the test of time very well, were initially greeted with incredulity by industrial experts in the energy field, who scorned his "Soft Energy Path" scenario as hopelessly unrealistic.
These charts, taken from Amory's Foreign Affairs article, were cited by him in his 1989 Keynote Address entitled "The Negawatt Revolution", delivered at the 1989 Green Energy Conference in Montreal (organized by CCNR).
www.ccnr.org /amory_figure_2.html   (175 words)

 Amory Lovins - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Energy Unbound: A Fable for America's Future (1986) ISBN 0-87156-820-9
Brittle Power: Energy Strategy for National Security (1982 re-released in 2001) ISBN 0-931790-28-X (Available Online in PDF)
Soft Energy Paths: Towards a Durable Peace (1977) ISBN 0-06-090653-7
en.wikipedia.org /?title=Amory_Lovins   (1054 words)

 WorldChanging: Tools, Models and Ideas for Building a Bright Green Future: Efficiency = 13x the energy from foreign oil
WorldChanging: Tools, Models and Ideas for Building a Bright Green Future: Efficiency = 13x the energy from foreign oil
Efficiency = 13x the energy from foreign oil
July 9, 2004 12:22 PM Good interview with efficiency guru Amory Lovins in Buildings magazine:
www.worldchanging.com /archives/000915.html   (267 words)

 Solar Energy Online
Solar Energy is an important section in environmental physics and is seen as one of the most viable source of renewable energy.
As such, this site is specially made for students interested in knowing more about what they are studying and also for others who are interested in solar energy.
Surfers can also visit the section Solar Cookers where the sub section Our Very Own Solar Cooker takes surfers with us to see how we made a solar cooker for ourselves.
library.thinkquest.org /27754/index.shtml   (266 words)

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