Tomorrow's Energy Todayby John Prendergast, Associate Editor;
Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1990, Vol. 60, Issue 3, Pg. 76-79
Document Type: Feature article
If concerns about global warming, acid rain and air pollution continue to mount, replacements for fossil fuels—for a century the dominant power source in the U.S.—will be necessary to meet the U.S.'s rapidly increasing energy needs in the 21st century. Added generating capacity in some form will definitely be needed. New plant construction by utilitis was at a virtual standstill throughout the 1980s, and as much as 1/3 of the country could be short of power by the mid-1990s. The article describes a variety of potential energy sources, their current level of development and prospects for future contributions to U.S. capacity. Among the energy sources discussed are nuclear power, hydro, geothermal, wind power, biomass, solar thermal and photovoltaic systems, hydrogen and ocean thermal energy conversion.
Subject Headings: Thermal power | Solar power | Wind power | Power plants | Hydro power | Nuclear power | Air pollution | Acid rain
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