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The Age of Electricity

Vaclav Smil

in Creating the Twentieth Century: Technical Innovations of 1867-1914 and Their Lasting Impact

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
July 2005
ISBN:
9780195168747
eISBN:
9780199835522
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195168747.003.0002
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

No other technical innovation had such a far-reaching impact on modern civilization as the creation of an admirably reliable system of electricity generation, transmission, and conversion. Thomas A. ... More


Transforming the 20th Century:: Debts and Advances

Vaclav Smil

in Transforming the Twentieth Century: Volume 2: Technical Innovations and Their Consequences

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780195168754
eISBN:
9780199783601
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195168755.003.0001
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

Technical progress in the 20th century was based on the unprecedented technical advances that took place during the two pre-WWI generations (1867-1914). All of these fundamental and lasting ... More


Energy Transitions in the Twentieth Century

Malanima Paolo, Astrid Kander, and Paul Warde

in Power to the People: Energy in Europe over the Last Five Centuries

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691143620
eISBN:
9781400848881
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691143620.003.0008
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

This chapter examines energy transitions in twentieth-century Europe. It begins with a discussion of the rise in energy consumption in the twentieth century and the breakthrough of oil and ... More


International Comparisons of Performance in National Networks in the Inter-War Period

James Foreman-Peck and Robert Millward

in Public and Private Ownership of British Industry 1820–1990

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198203599
eISBN:
9780191675881
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203599.003.0007
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Economic History

During the inter-war years Britain resisted the Continental trend towards state ownership. Instead it founded public-interest monopoly corporations or left industry in the hands of private owners and ... More


Reducing Carbon-Based Electricity Generation: Is the Answer Blowing in the Wind?

Aileen Mcharg and Anita Rønne

in Beyond The Carbon Economy: Energy Law in Transition

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780199532698
eISBN:
9780191701054
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199532698.003.0013
Subject:
Law, Environmental and Energy Law

In 1997, the European Union (EU) resolved to increase the overall share of renewable energy sources (encompassing heating, electricity generation, and transport) within the EU to 12 per cent by 2010. ... More


Establishing an Offshore Electricity Grid: A Legal Analysis of Grid Developments in the North Sea and in US Waters

Olivia Woolley, Peter J. Schaumberg, and Graham St. Michel

in Energy Networks and the Law: Innovative Solutions in Changing Markets

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199645039
eISBN:
9780191738647
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199645039.003.0010
Subject:
Law, Environmental and Energy Law, Public International Law

This chapter focuses on the legal issues associated with proposals for offshore grid development in the EU and the US, and compares the means by which these might be addressed. The chapter is ... More


Current

Christine Folch

in Hydropolitics: The Itaipu Dam, Sovereignty, and the Engineering of Modern South America

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780691186603
eISBN:
9780691197524
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691186603.003.0002
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

This chapter argues that Itaipú power is politics in consideration of the engineering necessary to generate current. As Itaipú became steadily more important to Paraguayan politics and economics ... More


Regulation of Electricity Storage, Intelligent Grids, and Clean Energies in an Open Market in Mexico

José Juan González Márquez and Margarita González Brambila

in Innovation in Energy Law and Technology: Dynamic Solutions for Energy Transitions

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780198822080
eISBN:
9780191861161
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198822080.003.0010
Subject:
Law, Environmental and Energy Law

This chapter analyses the role of electricity storage as an innovative strategy to attain the Mexican Government’s goals regarding carbon dioxide emission reduction and energy transition. The survey ... More


The Efficiency of Electricity Generation in the United States after Restructuring

Catherine Wolfram

in Electricity Deregulation: Choices and Challenges

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226308562
eISBN:
9780226308586
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226308586.003.0006
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Econometrics

This chapter examines the changes in electricity generation efficiency in the U.S. brought about by restructuring. It discusses the various channels through which deregulation can reduce costs of ... More


Wind-Power Development in Germany and the United States: Structural Factors, Multiple-Stream Convergence, and Turning Points

Roger Karapin

in State and Environment: The Comparative Study of Environmental Governance

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780262027120
eISBN:
9780262323871
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262027120.003.0005
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

This chapter compares wind-power development in Germany and the United States by focusing on the share of each country's total electricity generation or consumption that is produced from wind. More ... More


Energy and Society

Vaclav Smil

in Energy and Civilization: A History

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780262035774
eISBN:
9780262338301
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262035774.003.0001
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

This chapter shows how energy has shaped society, from prehistoric times through today’s fossil fuel-driven civilization. It suggests that both prehistoric human evolution and the course of history ... More


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