The rise of renewables: a review of Sivaram and Aklin & Urpelainen
These two books are good bookends for an important subject matter: the rise of solar specifically in Varun Sivaram’s book Taming the Sun and the rise of renewables more broadly in Michaël Aklin and Johannes Urpelainen’s Renewables: The Politics of a Global Energy Transition. They are both MIT Press books but are written from different perspectives, with Sivaram’s a more technology and finance-specific book given his background in the solar industry and research space and Aklin and Urpelainen’s book more of applied political science. Together, they make for important reading for those trying to understand the unfolding clean energy transition.
Sivaram: Taming the Sun
Sivaram makes a compelling case that solar has great potential to provide a large share of carbon-free energy for the world – as much as 1/3 of the world’s electricity needs by midcentury – and help avoid dangerous climate change. But, without innovation, the world runs the risk of solar stalling out early and at too low a...