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Energy in the Year of the Monkey (English version)

Journal or Magazine Article, 2016
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/ChinaEnergyReview2016-EN

China’s prestigious Energy Review asked Amory Lovins to introduce its first issue after the Chinese calendar began the Year of the Monkey. China's latest efficiency and renewable opportunities, as assessed by Reinventing Fire: China, blended with a call to face our energy challenges with monkeys’ cleverness, agility, and confidence. This is the English version of the article, a Chinese version is also at http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/ChinaEnergyReview2016-CN.

 

Micropower Database 2015

Guide, 2015
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/MicropowerDatabase

2015 Edition: The purpose of the micropower database is to present a clear, rigorous, and independent assessment of the global capacity and electrical output of micropower (all renewables, except large hydro, and cogeneration), showing its development over time and documenting all data and assumptions. With minor exceptions, this information is based on bottom-up, transaction-by-transaction equipment counts reported by the relevant suppliers and operators, cross-checked against assessments by reputable governmental and intergovernmental technical agencies. For most technologies, historic data runs from 1990 through 2014. Available information includes installed capacity (GW) and electricity generation (TWh/y) per generating technology. The Micropower Database Methodology is also included in this ZIP-file. The Micropower Database Methodology is also included in this ZIP-file. For previous versions, please see the 2008 Micropower Database (RMI ID E05-04), the 2010 (May) Edition (RMI ID 2010-06), and the 2014 (July) Edition (RMI ID 2014-18).

 

Energy Efficiency: The Rest of the Iceberg

Journal or Magazine Article, 2015
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/Shell_Efficiency

In 2014, Shell commissioned Amory Lovins to write a paper for its book The Colors of Energy [www.shell.com/colours] commemorating the centenary of Shell’s Amsterdam Technical Centre, then to present its thesis at the ceremony, where it was warmly received. Its thesis: energy efficiency is a huge, cheap, often expanding-returns, and widely underestimated resource. The resulting risk: suppliers can run their supertanker into the iceberg of efficiency and sink without even knowing what they hit, because they weren’t properly tracking it and it wasn’t on their chart.

 

The Iranian Window of Opportunity

Journal or Magazine Article, 2015
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/IransInvisibleOpportunity_RMIposting_30Sep2015

Iran's Invisible Opportunity for Energy and Security: Modern energy investments could sideline nuclear ambiguity. Amory Lovins's novel essay explains how helping and encouraging Iran to do what its key officials already want—harness its world-class resources of energy efficiency and renewables—could strengthen Iran's economy, security, global integration, political evolution, and international standing without compromising others' similar goals. Using the next 10–15+ years' severe restrictions on Iran's nuclear activities to expand modern energy technologies could further displace and discredit its failed nuclear power program,. That in turn could help disambiguate its nuclear activities and head off an incipient regional nuclear arms race, much as Argentina and Brazil did in the past three decades. It could also modernize the historically all-nuclear interpretation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty's Article IV (promising countries forgoing nuclear bombs access to exclusively peaceful nuclear energy) in light of its original purpose—secure and affordable energy for development—then aggressively meeting that legitimate need. This article expands a condensed version in Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

 

Iran's Invisible Opportunity for Energy and Security: Modern energy investments could sideline nuclear ambiguity

Journal or Magazine Article, 2015
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/IransInvisibleOpportunity

Amory Lovins's novel essay explains how helping and encouraging Iran to do what its key officials already want—harness its world-class resources of energy efficiency and renewables—could strengthen Iran's economy, security, global integration, political evolution, and international standing without compromising others' similar goals. Using the next 10–15+ years' severe restrictions on Iran's nuclear activities to expand modern energy technologies could further displace and discredit its failed nuclear power program,. That in turn could help disambiguate its nuclear activities and head off an incipient regional nuclear arms race, much as Argentina and Brazil did in the past three decades. It could also modernize the historically all-nuclear interpretation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty's Article IV (promising countries forgoing nuclear bombs access to exclusively peaceful nuclear energy) in light of its original purpose—secure and affordable energy for development—then aggressively meeting that legitimate need.

This article expands a condensed version in Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

 

Response to "J.P."'s column "New numbers, same conclusion"

Journal or Magazine Article, Letter, 2014
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2014-21-JP_Rebuttal

Dr. Charles R. Frank, Jr.'s May 2014 Brookings Institution Working Paper claimed that new nuclear and gas-fired power plants can displace coal plants' carbon emissions far more cost-effectively than solar and windpower can. This claim was featured and endorsed in late July by a full-page "Free exchange" article in The Economist. Amory Lovins promptly rebutted Dr. Frank's paper in detail (www.rmi.org/frank_rebuttal). Three weeks later, an anonymous Economist writer posted a new essay called "New numbers, same conclusion" claiming that unpublished recalculations by Dr. Frank confirmed his original conclusions even if a few of the original errors asserted by Lovins were corrected to some unstated degree. This response by Lovins refutes that claim, describes 17 errors or misrepresentations in the new Economist essay, and encourages Dr. Frank to reply transparently and specifically to the original critique.

 

Amory Lovins' articles on Germany's energy transition

Journal or Magazine Article, 2014
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/www.rmi.org/germany_blogs

Please find below a collection of Amory Lovins' articles on Germany's energy transition, organized from new to old.

How Opposite Energy Policies Turned The Fukushima Disaster Into A Loss For Japan And A Win For Germany (Forbes, June 2014)

Separating Fact from Fiction in Accounts of Germany's Renewables Revolution (RMI blog, August 2013)

Debunking the Renewables' Disinformation Campaign (RMI blog, July 2013)

Germany's Renewables Revolution (RMI blog, April 2013)

 

Oil-Free Transportation

Journal or Magazine Article, 2014
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/T14-01_OilFreeTransportationAIP

For the 2014 annual conference of the American Institute of Physics (AIP), Amory Lovins wrote a condensed, technical summary on Oil-Free Transportation.

 

How Opposite Energy Policies Turned 3/11 into a loss for Japan and a Win for Germany

Journal or Magazine Article, 2014
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/2014-14_AsahiShimbunOpEd_finalEngl_annotated

To revitalize its economy and politics, Japan needs an efficiency-and-renewable-energy hiyaku that enables the new energy economy, not protects the old one. Japanese frogs jump too, says Bashō’s haiku “Furuike ya kawazu tobikomu mizu no oto”. But we’re still waiting for mizu no oto.

 

Reinventing Fire

Journal or Magazine Article, 2014
http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center/Library/E14-04_ReinventingFireAIP

For the 2014 annual conference of the American Institute of Physics (AIP), Amory Lovins wrote a condensed, technical summary of Rocky Mountain Institute's Reinventing Fire 2011 book.

 

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