Energy: In Context, 1st Edition

  • Brenda Wilmoth Lerner
  • Editor: K. Lee Lerner, Thomas Riggs
  • Published By:
  • ISBN-10: 141031751X
  • ISBN-13: 9781410317513
  • DDC: 333.79
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade +
  • 1033 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2016 | Published/Released January 2016
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2016

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Energy is a subject that impacts lives and economies across the globe. Energy: In Context helps students understand the fundamentals of energy science, while also exploring the social, political, economic, and cultural factors that impact how we find, use, store, and sometimes waste energy. The 224 signed, alphabetically arranged entries meet the needs of students from high school through college as well as public library users concerned about this important resource. Each entry follows a standard set of rubrics, including "Introduction," "Historical Background and Scientific Foundations," and "Impacts and Issues." Unfamiliar terms are called out in a Glossary box in each entry in addition to being defined in the text. Each entry includes a bibliography; many also feature interesting sidebars. Some 50 primary source documents and 270 color images, illustrations, and other graphics further enhance the text.

What's New

  • Signed articles in this all-new, first edition title mean users can rely on its authority.
  • Color photos and graphics clarify and add interest for all users, but are especially important for visual learners.
  • Sidebars and primary source documents provide the contextual information that is the hallmark of this product line.
  • Specialized terms are defined within the text, in a glossary box for the article, and in a cumulative glossary for the set, so users don't need to go to another source for a thorough understanding.
  • Up-to-date information on important topics in the field of Energy science.



  • K. Lee Lerner
  • Thomas Riggs

Alternate Formats

  • Casebound Edition

    ISBN-10: 141031748X | ISBN-13: 9781410317483


"Energy In Context is a core, essential, and vitally important addition to high school, community, college, and university library . . . ”

— Bookwatch

“This encyclopedia conveys the basics of energy science in simple and clear text while offering an unbiased explanation of the impact of energy on human life and the environment. . . . The comprehensive coverage of this set on not just energy but its history and impact make this a valuable addition for high-school, college, or public libraries.”

— Booklist

"The scope of information contained here could be useful across the curriculum. Science, math, and history classes will find interesting and relevant information for projects and assignments. Students who are interested in energy issues will find much to peruse in these volumes."

— Cynthia Ortiz

Table of Contents

Agricultural Energy Use and Production.
Alternative Energy.
Alternative Fuel Vehicles.
Appliance Energy Standards.
Aswan High Dam.
Automobile Energy Use.
Aviation Energy Use.
Battery Use and Disposal.
Berlin Mandate.
Big Oil.
Biomass Energy.
Building Energy Envelope.
CAFE Standards.
Caloric Energy.
Carbon Emissions Factors.
Carbon Footprint and Neutrality.
Carbon Sequestration.
Carbon Tax.
Clean Coal Technologies.
Clean Energy.
Climate Change.
Coal and Steel.
Coal Gas.
Coal Mining.
Cogeneration/Combined Heat and Power.
Cold Fusion.
Combustion Engine.
Computer Energy Usage.
Conservation of Energy.
Cooperative Energy.
Daylight Savings Time.
Demand Side Management.
Diesel Engines.
Directional Drilling.
Drilling Equipment.
Drilling Rights.
Electric Motors.
Electrical Grid.
Electricity Generation.
Electricity Rate Regulation.
Electrification and Economic Development.
Emissions Trading.
Energy Audit.
Energy Conservation.
Energy Depletion.
Energy Efficiency.
Energy Markets.
Energy Payback.
Energy Policy.
Energy Policy Act of 2005.
Energy Production for Industry.
Energy Production: Net Balance.
Energy Research and Development.
Energy Shortages: 1973 Oil Crisis.
Energy Star Program.
Energy Storage.
Energy Technology.
Energy Transformations.
Energy Transmission: Electric.
Energy Transmission: Fluid.
Energy Transmission: Gas.
Energy Transmission: Mechanical.
Energy Weapons.
Engine Efficiency.
Environmentally Preferable Purchasing.
Exercise Energy Measurements.
External Combustion Engine.
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Feed-In Tariff.
Flex-Fuel Vehicles.
Fossil Fuel.
Fossil Fuel Divestment Movements.
Fossil Fuel Scarcity Projections.
Fossil Fuel Supply Fluctuations.
Fuel Cells.
Fuel Oil Heating.
Gas-to-Liquids Technology.
Geothermal Energy.
Green Energy.
Green Energy Certification Schemes.
Heat Pumps.
Heat Transfer.
Heating Degree Day.
Home Energy Rating Systems.
Hoover and Glen Canyon Dams.
Hybrid Vehicles.
Hydroelectric Energy.
Hydrogen Economy.
Independent System Operator.
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Internal Combustion Engine.
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
International Renewable Energy Agency.
Investor Owned Utility.
Keystone XL Pipeline Controversy.
Kyoto Protocol.
Landfill Gas.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).
Light-Emitting Diodes.
Liquefied Natural Gas.
Liquefied Petroleum Gas.
Manufactured Gas.
Marcellus Shale.
Megawatt Ratings.
Methane from Coal.
Methane from Shale.
Methane Hydrates.
Metric Tons of Carbon Equivalent.
Mineral Rights.
Montreal Protocol.
Municipal Utility.
Natural Energy Flows.
Natural Gas.
Natural Gas Regulation.
Natural Gas Storage.
Natural Gas Transport.
Nonrenewable Energy Resources.
North American Electric Reliability Corporation.
Nuclear Energy.
Nuclear Fission.
Nuclear Fusion.
Nuclear Power Accident: Chernobyl.
Nuclear Power Accident: Fukushima.
Nuclear Power Accident: Three Mile Island.
Nuclear Power: Commercial Reactors.
Nuclear Power: Disposal of Spent Fuel.
Nuclear Power Projections.
Ocean Energy.
Offshore Drilling Rigs.
Oil and Gas Pipelines.
Oil and Natural Gas Drilling.
Oil and Petroleum.
Oil as a Commodity: Futures Trading.
Oil Exploration.
Oil Fields.
Oil Prices and Profit Margins.
Oil Reserves.
Oil Security.
Oil Shale Production.
Oil Spills.
Oil Spills: Deepwater Horizon/BP Oil Spill.
Oil Spills: Exxon Valdez.
Oil Tankers and Barges.
Oil Transport.
Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries.
Peak Oil.
Photovoltaic Energy.
Population Pressures.
Power and Power Plants.
Public Utilities.
Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935.
Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978.
Reciprocating Engines.
Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
Renewable Energy.
Renewable Energy Credits.
Reservoir Pressure.
Rotating Combustion and Turbine Engines.
Rural Electrification.
Smart Grid.
Solar Concentrator.
Solar Energy.
Solar Thermal: Active and Passive.
Strategic Oil Reserves.
Sustainable Energy.
Sustainable Energy and Economic Development.
Synthetic Crude.
Tennessee Valley Authority.
Thermal Energy.
Thermal Storage.
Three Gorges Dam.
Tidal Energy.
Units of Measurement.
U.S. Clean Air Acts.
U.S. Coastal Zone Renewable Energy Promotion Act.
U.S. Department of Energy.
U.S. Energy Policy.
U.S. Energy Production.
Utilities, Energy Sources, and Transmission.
Utility Industry.
Utility Pools.
Volatile Organic Compound.
Waste Heat Recovery.
Water Energy.
Wave Energy.
Well Evaluation.
Wind Energy.
Wind Power Objections and Protests.
World Commission on Environment and Development.
Yucca Mountain.
Zero-Emission Vehicle.

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Brenda Wilmoth Lerner

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