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New Internationalist Issue 284

Issue 284

Action on Energy

Groups and agencies
There are a number of organizations working for an energy revolution.

Aotearoa/New Zealand
Greenpeace Private Bag 92507, Wellesley Street, Auckland. Tel: (9) 377 6128. Web: http://www.greenpeace.org.nz/ Current climate campaign that promotes solar energy and targets carbon dioxide emissions.

Australia
Greenpeace PO Box 139, Surry Hills, NSW 2010, Australia. Tel: (9) 02 211 4066. Web: http://www.greenpeace.org.au/ Current climate campaign that promotes solar energy and targets carbon dioxide emissions. Australian Conservation Foundation 340 Gore St., Fitzroy, VIC 3065. Tel: (3) 416 1166. Web: http://www.acfonline.org.au/ Focuses on sustainable energy and better efficiency in energy production and consumption. World Information Network on Energy (WISE) PO Box 87, Glen Alpin Q 4381. Tel +61 76 834 364. Fax: +61 76 61719.

Canada
Citizens for Renewable Energy RR 4 Lion’s Head, Ontario NOH 1WO. Tel/fax: (519) 795 7725. Web: http://www.web.net/~cfre/ Active campaign group, especially against nuclear.
Greenpeace 185 Spadina Avenue, 6th Floor, Toronto, Ontario M5T 2C6. Tel: 416 345 8408. Web: http://www.greenpeace.ca/ Current climate campaign that promotes solar energy and targets carbon dioxide emissions.

South Africa

Women’s Energy Group, Energy and Research Development Centre, University of Cape Town, Private bag, Rondebosch 7700. Tel: 27 21 789 2920. Fax: 00 27 21 6503230.

United Kingdom
Greenpeace Canonbury Villas, London N1 2PN. Tel: (44) 171 354 5100. E-mail: solar@greenpeace.org.uk . Web: http://www.greenpeace.org/ . Current climate campaign that promotes solar energy and targets carbon dioxide emissions. Intermediate Technology Development Group Myson House, Railway Terrace, Rugby CV21 3HT. Tel: (44) (0)788 560631. Fax: (44) (0)788 540270. Web: http://www.itdg.org/ Works to electrify rural areas using appropriate technology and a ‘people-centred’ approach. IT Power The Warren, Bramshill Road, Eversley, RG27 OPR. Tel: (44) (0) 1734 730073. Fax: (44) (0)1734 730820; E-mail: itpower@gn.apc.org. Develops renewable energy sytems worldwide. The Centre for Alternative Technology Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 9AZ, England. Tel: (44) (0)1654 705950. Fax: (44) (0)1654 702782. E-mail: info@cat.org.uk. Web: http://www.cat.org.uk/ Free information service. The centre also publishers a huge range of how-to books and leaflets, lists of suppliers and also offers a range of courses relating to renewable energy and other environmental technologies.

United States
The American Solar Energy Society 2400 Central Avenue, Unit G-1, Boulder, CO 80301. Tel: (1) 303-443-3101. E-mail; ases@ases.org. Web: http://www.ases.org/ Publishes Solar Today and sponsors a major annual solar convention. The American Wind Energy Association 122 C St. NW 4th Fl 20001-2109. Tel: (1) 202-383-2500. Web: http://www.awea.org/ Researches and provides information on wind energy. The Alliance to Save Energy 1725 K St.NW, Ste. 509, Washington, DC 20006-1401. Tel: (1) 202-857-0666. E-mail ase@ase.org. Promotes energy efficiency through research, demonstration projects, lobbying, and education. Rocky Mountain Institute 1739 Snowmass Creek Road, Old Snowmass, CO 81654-9199. Tel: (1) 970-927-3851. Fax: (1) 970-927-4178. E-mail: Orders@rmi.org Web: http://www.rmi.org/ Founded by energy conservation pioneer, Amory Lovins. Information on energy efficiency and sustainable technology.

International
International Institute for Energy Conservation works to accelerate the global adoption of energy efficient policies, technologies and practices to enable economic and environmentally sustainable development. Main Office: 750 First Street, NE, Suite 940, Washington DC, 20002. Tel: (1) (202) 842-3388. Fax: (1) (202) 842-1565. Asia Regional Office: Sukhumvit Soi 49/9, Bangkok, 10110, Thailand. Tel: (662) 381-0814. Fax: (662) 381-0815.
Latin America Regional Office: Carmencita 110, No 102 Las Condes, Santiago, Chile. Tel/Fax: (562) 233-2870. Europe Office: 1-2 Purley Place, London N1 1QA, UK. Tel: (44) (0)171 704-6737
International Solar Energy Society (ISES) International Headquarters, Villa Tannheim Wiesentalstr. 50 79115 Freiburg Germany Tel.: (49) 761-45906-0 Fax: (49) 761-45906-99 E-Mail: hq@ises.org Web: http://www.ises.org/

Asia
Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Indian Habitat Centre Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi 110-003. Supports the promotion, development and financing of renewable energy in India. E-mail: mdireda@rediffmail.com Web: http://ireda.nic.in/home.htm Tata Energy Research Institute (TERI) Darbari Seth Block, Habitat Place, Lodhi Road, New Delhi 110-003. Tel: +91 11 462 2246/460 1550; E-mail: pdadhich@teri.ernet.in. Web: http://www.teriin.org/ Researches energy technology and environment policies.

Europe
Eurosolar e.V, Kaiser-Friedrich-Straße 11 53113 Bonn / Germany Tel: (49) 228 / 362373 or 362375 Fax. (49) 228 / 361279 or 361213. Email: inter_office@eurosolar.org Web: http://www.eurosolar.org/ A 20,000-strong European pressure group for renewable energies. World Information Service on Energy (WISE) PO Box 59636 1040 LC Amsterdam, Netherlands. Tel: +31 20 6126368. Fax: +31 20 6892179. Web: http://www.antenna.nl/wise/ An international switchboard for local and national safe energy groups around the world to exchange information and support.


ALTERNATIVE SOURCES
If you want to explore alternative sources of energy there are a number of suppliers, consultants and resources:

United Kingdom
The Centre for Alternative Technology Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 9AZ, England. Tel: (44) (0)1654 705950. Fax: (44) (0)1654 702782. E-mail: info@cat.org.uk. Web: http://www.cat.org.uk/ Free information service. The centre also publishers a huge range of how-to books and leaflets, lists of suppliers and also offers a range of courses relating to renewable energy and other environmental technologies. Dulas Ltd Unit 1, Dyfi Eco Parc, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8AX, Wales, UK Telephone: +44 (0) 1654 705000 Facsimile: +44 (0) 1654 703000 email: dulas@dulas.org.uk Web: www.dulas.org.uk Provides advice and can custom-build equipment to suit individual needs.

United States
Real Goods Trading Corporation 555 Leslie St., Ukiah, California, 95482-5507, USA. Tel: (1) (707) 468-9292. Fax: (1) (707) 468-9394. E-mail: realgoods@realgoods.com. Web: http://www.realgoods.com/ Publishes the Solar Living Source Book, a comprehensive how-to book and mail order catalogue for solar panels, micro-hydro systems, wind turbines. Also has an extensive resources section, with contact information for other renewable energy systems suppliers.


Journals
The Safe Energy Journal, international magazine of Friends of the Earth Scotland’s Safe Energy Unit, 72 Newhaven Road, Edinburgh EH6 5QG, UK. IT Power News, international magazine of IT Power, The Warren, Bramshill Road, Eversley, Hants. RG27 OPR, UK. Solar Today, magazine of The American Solar Energy Society, 2400 Central Avenue, Unit G-1, Boulder, CO 80301, US. Renew, bi-monthly magazine of the Network of Alternative Technology and Technology Assessment (NATTA), c/o Faculty of Technology, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, Bucks, UK. Fax: +44 0908 653658. Web: http://www-tec.open.ac.uk/eeru/natta/

InterNet-Working

http://www.realgoods.com/
On-line products catalogue, interactive shopping for renewable energy technologies, discussion forum, technical assistance, consulting services.

http://www.foe.co.uk/CAT
The Centre for Alternative Technology's home page.

http://www.greenpeace.org/climate/
Climate campaign information plus Interactive Climate Quiz, and a space to write a letter to President Clinton that you can e-mail directly to the White House.

http://www.ises.org/
The International Solar Energy Society's home page. Includes information on the society and all its national branches, information on solar energy conferences and recent technological developments, and an on-line version of ISES's magazine, Sun World.

Worth reading
Solar Hydrogen Energy: The power to save the earth by John O’M Bockris, T Nejat Veziroglu and Debbi Smith (Optima 1991) is one of the best popular, well-informed books about. The theory is inspired and the presentation zappy, with great cartoons by Heidi Weiss. A Solar Manifesto (James and James, 1994) is an impassioned polemic by Europe’s leading politician-advocate of renewable energy, Hermann Scheer. The writing’s turgid at times but the ideas are robust, lucid and uncompromising. Renewable Energy: Power for a Sustainable Future edited by Godfrey Boyle (Open University, OUP 1996) is an excellent, accessible resource that manages to be both thought-provoking and tell you how the things actually work. Renewable Energy: Sources for Fuels and Electricity (Island Press, 1993) edited by Thomas B Johansson, Henry Kelly, Amulya KN Reddy, and Robert H Williams, is a big global batch of academic essays, with some interesting case histories. The Future of Energy Use (Earthscan 1995) by Robert Hill, Phil O’Keefe and Colin Snape has more of a textbook feel. It deals authoritatively with conventional energy systems as well as renewable ones, and is hot on the economics. Power Surge by Christopher Flavin and Nicholas Lennsen (Earthscan, 1995) is a thoroughly researched guide to the coming energy revolution that leaves one with an overwhelming feeling of hope. Finally, slightly at a tangent but still connected, is the formidably comprehensive, useful and fun Millenium Whole Earth Catalog (Harper Collins, 1994) edited by Howard Rheingold. This is the alternative lifer’s illustrated bible, with the alternatives ranging from the more imaginative sexual practices to organic gardening, eco-tourism and sustainable energy systems.

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