Anyone thinking and writing about energy
takes a view of the future, intentionally or not. I have been
doing so explicitly since the 1970s. In 1975, for instance, I pointed out
'The options UK energy planners are ignoring'.
Notes recently found in my files, for a lecture I gave at Cambridge Energy Summer School in 1979, entitled
'Energy and Purpose', show just how far back go the roots
of my current research and writing. My book
Alternative appeared in 1990. Later that year Friends of the Earth
invited me to deliver their John Preedy memorial lecture.
In my archives I recently found the text of my lecture, also entitled
The Energy Alternative. It gives an uncanny early foretaste of my current work.
Thereafter I began to focus on electricity. Electric
Futures: Working Papers for Transforming Electricity
appeared in 1998, and Transforming
Electricity itself in 1999. A Briefing Paper, three
Working Papers, articles
and speeches culminated
in my book, Keeping The Lights On: Towards Sustainable Electricity.
I then developed the analysis further, in a project entitled
'Managing Energy: Rethinking The Fundamentals', with
three Working Papers intended to be read in sequence.
WP1 argues that we are Managing Energy Wrong. WP2 discusses
Managing Energy Data.
WP3 analyzes 'Managing Energy Technology'.
They led to an ever more radical perspective, and a working paper,
Beyond The Fire Age.
More articles and speeches
followed, until and since I at last published my latest book,
Electricity Vs Fire: The Fight For Our Future,