VARUN SIVARAM

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BOOKS

Taming the Sun

Solar energy is the world’s cheapest and fastest-growing power source, but its rise is in danger of stalling. Energy expert Varun Sivaram argues that realizing solar's potential will require innovation—creative financing, revolutionary technologies, and flexible energy systems. The Financial Times praised the book as “both the best available overview of where the solar industry finds itself today, and a road map for how it can reach a brighter future,” The Economist  hailed it as “prescient,” and John Kerry called it “a must-read.”

Digital Decarbonization
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A digital revolution is sweeping the global energy sector. Digital Decarbonization, edited by Varun Sivaram, brings together fourteen expert authors who lay out a wide range of areas in which digital technologies are promoting clean energy systems; caution about serious risks of digitalization to cybersecurity and privacy; and articulate actionable recommendations for policymakers in the United States and abroad to ensure that digital innovations help advance the fight against climate change.

The Geopolitics of Renewables

The rise of clean energy will have profound implications for U.S. foreign policy. As they replace fossil fuels, leading clean energy technologies—wind, solar, hydro, and nuclear energy—as well as emerging ones, such as electric vehicles and batteries, will reorganize power balances between energy producers and consumers and shift America’s diplomatic interests. In their chapter within The Geopolitics of Renewables, Varun Sivaram and Sagatom Saha explore five such shifts and what they mean for US policymakers.