The first edition of this book came out in 2010. At the time several issues around energy consumption were heavily debated, like possible fuel shortage (peak oil), the oil war in Irak, the role of nuclear energy, the effects of fossil fuel burning on the climate, biofuel, ecological footprint, etc.
In order to form an opinion, I decided to look up the facts and get the numbers straight. In 2009 the book of MacKay came out about the energy consumption in England and the possibillities of making use of renewable energy. This book answered several of my questions and I discuss it in my book.
Since 2010 there have been many developments. Notably the cost of photovoltaic energy has decreased spectacularly. Also the general acceptance of the need of a transition from fossil fuel to renewable energy sources has greatly increased.The Paris agreement has been accepted by most countries (except the USA) and many countries have taken concrete stept towards implementing the transition.
The great question today is how to achieve the transition from fossil to renewable energy and how will this affect on our life.
The present edition consists of two parts. Part I is essentially a reprint of the first book of 2010, with minor adjustments. While the situation has changed with respect to 2010, the basic issues of the problem are the same at present. In Part II the developments since 2010 are discussed. A special section is devoted to the discussion of the costs of the transition to renewable energy in The Netherlands.