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Best of Amory Lovins 80 Items
Journal or Magazine Article, 2012
In this article published in Foreign Affairs, Amory Lovins describes a U.S. transition from fossil fuels--a blueprint detailed in Reinventing Fire-- that requires pursuing three agendas. First, radical automotive efficiency can make electrification affordable and save fuel in heavy vehicles; and all vehicles can be used more productively. Second, new designs can make buildings and factories several times more efficient than they are now. Third, modernizing the electric system to make it diverse, distributed, and renewable can also make it clean, reliable and secure. Getting the U.S. off fossil fuels would transform its foreign policy, and turbocharge global development. He argues that we don't have to wait for congress to seize these opportunities.
This article is also available to read at Foreign Affairs.
2010 (May) 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 from 1990 through 2008 or 2009 is available, as well as forecasts through 2013. Available information includes global annual capacity additions and output, global cumulative capacity, and capacity factor. The Micropower Database Methodology is also included here. The 2008 Micropower Database
(RMI ID E05-04) is also available.
Note: A more recent version of The Micropower Database from September 2010
(RMI ID 2010-14) is now available. This update to the database incorporates recently released data that change the total installed micropower capacity by 2.9%.
2008 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 from 1990 through 2005 or 2006 is available, as well as forecasts through 2010. Available information includes global annual capacity additions and output, global cumulative capacity, and capacity factor. The Micropower Database Methodology is also included here. The 2010 Micropower Database (September)
(2010-14) contains the most recent data.
Journal or Magazine Article, 2008
This article was written for RMI's 2008 Annual Report. In it, Amory Lovins outlines RMI's fundamental concept of "Applied Hope".
Conference Proceedings, 2007
This speech was given by Amory Lovins at RMI's 25th anniversary celebration, RMI25, in 2007. In the speech, he outlines his vision of the world's future.
Report or White Paper, 2005
This paper, which was commissioned by the InterAcademy Council, discusses the importance and benefits of considering energy end-use efficiency when making energy economic decisions. Energy end-use efficiency is the concept of providing more desired services per unit of energy consumed.
Journal or Magazine Article, 2005
In this article, originally published in Scientific American, Amory Lovins dispels the myth that protecting the earth's climate will force a trade-off between the environment and the economy.
This letter was written by Amory Lovins in 2005 and sent to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In the letter, Lovins commends the NHTSA for their 2005 adoption of CAFE standards based on size rather than weight. Size-based standards incentivize manufacturers to use lighter materials that improve the efficiency of trucks. Lovins then describes new manufacturing technologies in light material that can improve the efficiency of vehicles even more. Lovins additionally recommends that the NHTSA adopt a system of feebates coupled with efficiency standards and CAFE standards. Lovins concludes by arguing that any modifications be be performance-based, not prescriptive; be at least neutral as to vehicle mass; if they do influence mass, favor its downward rather than upward harmonization; if fuel-economy choices are desired to be decoupled from vehicle-size-class choices, then do so by normalizing to size; be technology-neutral but preferably technology-forcing.
Book or Book Chapter, 2004
This independent, peer-reviewed synthesis for American business and military leaders charts a roadmap for getting the United States completely, attractively, and profitably off oil. Our strategy integrates four technological ways to displace oil: using oil twice as efficiently, then substituting biofuels, saved natural gas, and, optionally, hydrogen. This route for the transition beyond oil will expand customer choice and wealth, and will be led by business for profit.
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Book or Book Chapter, 2004
The Executive Summary of Winning the Oil Endgame
briefly outlines RMI's strategic plan to end oil dependence by the 2040s.