Understanding the basics of what energy is, as well as the sources and uses of energy, is essential for effective energy planning. After reading this chapter, you should understand:
- That energy is neither created nor destroyed but is transformed from one kind to another.
- Why in all transformations energy tends to go from a more usable to a less usable form.
- What energy efficiency is and why is always less than 100%.
- That people in industrialized countries consume a disproportionately large share of the worldıs total energy and how efficiency and conservation of energy can help make better use of global energy resources.
- Why some energy planners propose a hard-pate approach to energy provision and others a soft-path approach, and why both of these approaches have positive and negative points.
- Why moving toward global sustainable energy planning with integrated energy planning is an important goal.
- What elements are needed to develop integrated energy planning.