Focus on Renewable Energy Sources


Giuseppe Scandurra (Editor)
University of Naples “Parthenope” Naples, Italy

Series: Renewable Energy: Research, Development and Policies
BISAC: TEC010000

Energy is one of the main determinants of economic growth, but the high dependence of electricity production by fossil fuels could be a brake for the development of countries which do not have a sufficient level of richness and/or which possess a high level of environmental sensitivity. Countries tend to contrast these limits to growth using a higher percentage of renewable sources for electricity generation, though the technological limits still suffer. Renewable energy sources are appreciated worldwide for their ability to limit significantly the impact of anthropic activities on energy production and counter the gradual appreciation of the raw materials used in the process of traditional generation based on gas and/or oil power plants. Moreover, renewable generation can encourage off-grid generation in the underdeveloped countries.

The attention to environmental issues has led several countries to ratify international agreements such as the Kyoto Protocol, Durban Protocol and, more recently, the Paris Agreement; these mandates pledge to reduce emissions of pollutants and to increase the share of energy produced through the use of renewable sources, but the results obtained so far are not encouraging.
The relevance of the renewable energy generation and the increase in the investments in a newly installed capacity lead many scholars to investigate the relationship between economic growth and the key factors of the investments in RES. With this volume, the authors want to explore and analyze the causes and consequences of fragmentation and discussing policy responses on promoting renewable energy generation by shedding light on the policies proposed to promote the renewable generation and enhance energy efficiency, their effectiveness in reducing environmental degradation and the promotion of decarbonization, and discussing how developing countries do and should continue to invest in green generation.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. The Contribution of Renewable Energy to European Decarbonization
(Mara Madaleno, Margarita Robaina, José Villar, GOVCOPP – Research Unit in Governance, Competitiveness and Public Policy, and DEGEIT – Department of Economics, Management and Industrial Engineering, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal, and others)

Chapter 2. Renewable Energy Sources in Cuba: Current Situation and Development Prospects
(Jorge Morales Pedraza, Independent Researcher and Senior Consultant in Morales Project Consultancy, Vienna, Austria)

Chapter 3. The Dynamic of the United States’ CO2 Emissions: An Empirical Multidimensional Analysis
(Alfonso Carfora and Rosaria Vega Pansini, Italian Revenue Agency, Rome, Italy)

Chapter 4. A Dynamic Analysis of the Relationship between Investments in Renewable Sources and GDP: Are Policies Relevant?
(Giuseppe Scandurra and Monica Ronghi, Department of Management Studies and Quantitative Methods, University of Naples “Parthenope” Naples, Italy)

Chapter 5. A Review of Renewable Energy Resources and Their Applications
(Christian Brady-Alvarez and Salem Elsaiah, PhD, Department of Engineering, The State University of New York, Maritime College (SUNY-Maritime), Throggs Neck, NY, US)

Chapter 6. Environmental and Economical Assessment of District Energy for Two Resource Options in Canada: Geothermal and Solar Thermal
(Behnaz Rezaie, Bale V. Reddy and Marc A. Rosen, College of Engineering, University Of Idaho, Moscow, ID, US, and others)

Chapter 7. Renewable Energy and Climate Change: The Role of the Technology Mechanism of the UNFCCC to Help Developing Countries to Achieve the SDGs
(Mario Jorizzoa and Sergio La Mottaa, Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA), Rome, Italy, and others)


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