A compendium of current knowledge about conventional and alternative sources of energy. It clarifies complex technical issues, enlivens history, and illuminates the policy dilemmas we face today. This revised edition includes new material on biofuels, an expanded section on sustainability and sustainable energy, and updated figures and tables throughout. There are also online instructor materials for those professors who adopt the book for classroom use.

chapter 1|12 pages

Are We on Easter Island? 3

chapter 2|28 pages

Electricity and the Utility Industry

chapter 3|49 pages


chapter 4|31 pages


chapter 5|57 pages

The Story of Big Oil

chapter 6|49 pages


chapter 7|45 pages

Natural Gas

chapter 8|30 pages

Nuclear and Hydropower

chapter 9|37 pages

Sustainable Energy

chapter 10|38 pages

Looking Toward the Future

chapter 11|10 pages

An Energy Strategy