My Book Has Been Published

On August 23, 2016 I became a published author. Pan Stanford Publishing, along with CRC and Amazon, listed the book on their websites. Information from the Amazon website is shown below; the Table of Contents is from the CRC website:

The U.S. Government and Renewable Energy: A Winding Road
Paperback – August 23, 2016
by Allan Hoffman (Author)
ISBN-13: 978-9814745840 ISBN-10: 9814745847
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This is a book on how the U.S. and other governments have changed their thinking about energy issues over the past four decades, a change triggered by increasing concern about the role of fossil fuels in global warming and climate change, greater awareness of the risks of nuclear power, and the emergence of viable renewable energy sources. It will help understanding of how this change came about in the United States from the unique perspective of a well-placed participant and observer. It will enhance understanding of the global energy transition that is finally getting underway in the second decade of the 21st century at an accelerating, even dizzying, pace.

The book’s main purpose is to illustrate how the U.S. government moved along its winding path to where it is today in getting ready for a renewable energy future. Target audiences are the young people who will inherit the transition and shape its future, those in government who currently shape our public policies, and those colleagues, friends, and family members who lived through many of the times and events discussed in the book.

Editorial Reviews
“Hoffman played a substantial role in the development of a wide variety of renewable energy technologies over the past 40 years, while employed at the U.S. Senate, the National Academy of Sciences, and the DOE. Much can be learned by examining the failures as well as the successes. Hoffman tells us what needs to be done for a gentle landing on sustainable technologies with a smart grid. This is an important and necessary path for the nation and the planet.”
―Emeritus Professor David Hafemeister, California Polytechnic State University, USA, and Author of Physics of Societal Issues

“I always had great admiration for those in government who were able to establish programs for the advancement of renewable energy (RE). This is especially true for people in the U.S. government (USG), which was highly influenced by the fossil fuel and nuclear energy industries. Allan R. Hoffman was one of these USG officials who led this effort for many years. He now presents us with this interesting and informative book that describes how RE programs were first formulated and then traveled through a winding road in the USG.”
―Dr. Peter F. Varadi, Co-founder of Solarex Corporation

“Dr. Allan Hoffman presents a unique personal record of the U.S. energy policy development during four decades. He is one of the top driving forces in this progress and conveys a fascinating description of the successes and disappointments from the inside of the federal government. Earlier than most people, he recognized the potential of renewable energy. He has also been a pioneer in comprehending the water–energy linkage. For anybody who wishes to understand how technology relates to politics, this book is a must-read.”
―Prof. Gustaf Olsson, Lund University, Sweden”

Table of Contents


The New England Years: How It All Got Started

Introduction to Capitol Hill

OPEC Oil Embargo and Corporate Average Fuel Economy

First Tour of Duty in the Executive Branch and the DPR

Post-Domestic Policy Review Period and the Ronald Reagan–George H. W. Bush Years

The Clinton–Gore Years (Part 1 of 3)

The Clinton–Gore Years (Part 2 of 3)

The Clinton–Gore Years (Part 3 of 3)

The 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta

Cooperation with Other Countries to Develop Renewable Energy Technologies

The George W. Bush–Dick Cheney Years

Time in the Obama Administration and Final Years in Government

Summarizing and Looking at Today’s Renewable Energy Situation

Looking Ahead

The Importance of Energy Policy

A digital edition of the book is also in preparation and will be released in the near future.

Bob Wyman

Thanks for publishing this book. I look forward to reading it, hopefully in digital form — not paper. Can you give us any idea how long it will be before the digital version is available? (“near future,” especially when talking about renewable energy, is a bit ambiguous…)

I wish I could be more specific but my publisher (Pan Stanford Publishing) is being ambiguous with me, despite my pushing them hard. I’m guessing late September. More generally, I’ve concluded that the drafting is the easier part of writing a book, the more difficult part being dealing with the publisher.