Sustainable Energy Pricing
|By Gary M. Zatzman|
Copyright: 2012 | Status: Published
ISBN: 9780470901632 | Hardcover |
Price: $175 USD
The petroleum sector is possibly the largest and most dominant economic sector in the globalized economy. However, for reasons explored in this book, although none of the existing economic development models fit this sector in the past and apply even less today, no satisfactory alternative has presented itself. This book highlights the important reasons why current models fail to predict energy pricing with reasonable accuracy, and ventures into environmental and other problems with oil and gas production and associated economic decisions mounting across both developed as well as developing economies.
This is the first book to address the issues of affordable power, sustainable energy, and reduced environmental impact through the science of energy pricing. Looking at the availability of natural resources from an engineering perspective, and determining how they can be priced to achieve sustainability in the energy sector, is the aim of this groundbreaking new work.
Most current models used in energy pricing are based on linear analyses. While these models work well for targeted scenarios within a short time frame, they do not provide one with a scientific tool that can include many facets of the information age. The existing models do not include environmental sustainability in an integrated fashion. This is mainly because environmental costs are still considered to be intangible, and intractable with conventional economic analysis tools. Though one existing model acknowledges some possible theoretical truth to concerns expressed about the onset of 'peak oil'—the period in which new oil production must begin a decline of unknown and indefinite duration —this model has little or nothing to say about continuing practices in the extraction and production of fossil fuel that are themselves based on denying any significance or role for such thinking in the immediate future.
A serious limitation of that discourse is its insistence on polarizing opinions "for" or "against" environmental sustainability, peak oil, and affordable energy prices. This book proceeds instead to isolate the absence of any agreed criteria for what would constitute inherently sustainable development and examines the main outlines of the history and political economy of energy resource exploration and development since the 1850s from this standpoint. It proposes specific directions in which to take some of the leading alternatives and amendments to current energy pricing practices (as well as some of the most promising energy development alternatives) in order to fulfill the time criteria required for an inherently sustainable trend.
The author shows how, and why, identifying unsustainable practices and consequences can make a case for closing down particular oil and gas production operations, while averting the time-wasting approach of trying to fix what really has gone beyond fixing. However, it is possible, necessary, and actually far better to replace these methods with newer, scientifically based methods for achieving overall energy sustainability.
This groundbreaking new volume:
Explores new scientific principles on which sustainability within the energy sector can be achieved
Uses pricing and valuation of resources as a tool to present a new methodology for reducing waste and environmental impact in the energy industry while achieving sustainability for affordable energy
Investigates Return On Investment (ROI), including its relationships to project evaluation and the pricing of outputs, to uncover how global energy prices and markets are affected by theoretical misunderstanding and practical misrepresentation
Offers a reconsideration of criminal case histories, like Enron, as signal teachers by negative example of the change of direction needed in how energy pricing has often been done in the past, in order to become sustainable.Back to Top
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Gary M. Zatzman is a researcher with the EEC Research Organisation, in Halifax NS, Canada, a multinational community of researchers from various fields in engineering, social science, and the natural sciences researching ways for industry to become sustainable, both from an economic and environmental standpoint. With this latest work, the author synthesizes decades of industry and teaching experience and dozens of papers and books into a work that breaks new ground in the discussion of sustainability in the energy sector.