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What's the solution to the world's growing energy problem?

PERFECT POWER

Electric usage is rising. Fuel costs are rocketing. Blackouts are happening more frequently. Why? Because our electrical power system—built on a vast network of resources including nuclear energy, natural gas, water, and coal—has become woefully outdated, increasingly expensive, and dangerously fragile. We need to change the current ...

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Overview

What's the solution to the world's growing energy problem?

PERFECT POWER

Electric usage is rising. Fuel costs are rocketing. Blackouts are happening more frequently. Why? Because our electrical power system—built on a vast network of resources including nuclear energy, natural gas, water, and coal—has become woefully outdated, increasingly expensive, and dangerously fragile. We need to change the current system, and we need to do it now.

Written by business visionary and former Motorola chairman Robert Galvin, Perfect Power shows us how to create a “perfect” system that can deliver power where needed, at an astonishing reliability standard of 99.9999999 percent. By super-charging the “Six Sigma” concepts that Galvin developed as the founder and CEO at Motorola, we can

  • Meet the energy reliability and quality needs of the Digital Age
  • Generate new goods and services that create jobs, empower consumers, and lower energy cost
  • Eliminate wasteful spending on our electrical infrastructure that can be used for peak power needs
  • Facilitate local, regional, and, ultimately, national energy independence
  • Fundamentally reduce the impact of energy on the environment
  • Invest in the microgrid revolution

Energy providers and policy makers will reinvent today's centralized power systems and integrate them with new, efficient “microgrids." Investors and entrepreneurs will spot tomorrow's hottest technologies. Consumers will demand change from “the powers that be.” And environmentalists will take advantage of cleaner, greener energy sources available.

We have the power to fulfill our energy needs, fix our old systems, forge ahead with new ideas, and fuel our dreams. It's Perfect Power.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071548823
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/26/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Galvin is former Chairman and CEO of Motorola, Inc., where he pioneered the concept of “Six-Sigma Quality” and helped revolutionize telecommunications technology with government officials, regulators, and companies. He currently heads the Galvin Electricity Initiative, which supports “Perfect Power” innovations.

Kurt Yeager is former President and CEO of the Electric Power Research Institute, the electric power industry's leading think tank, which conducts research in the United States and forty countries.

Jay Stuller is the author of seven books and nearly a thousand articles. He has worked in public affairs and communications at Chevron Corporation.

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Table of Contents

Introduction The Electric Imperative 1

Guiding the Path to Perfect Power 13

1 The Heat Is On 15

2 The Grid 31

3 Electrifying the World 47

4 The Edison Paradox 67

5 The Path to Perfect Power 81

6 Smarter Than the Average Building and Car 107

7 Rewiring Siegel Hall for Perfect Power 127

8 The Blank Canvas of Mesa Del Sol 143

9 Changing the Rules of the Game, Honorably 163

10 Consumers at the Controls 183

11 Creating a Green-Collar Revolution: New Companies and New Jobs 205

Coda 225

Glossary of Technical Terms 231

Selected Bibliography 251

Index 259

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  • Posted July 20, 2009

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    Fresh presentation about electricity's future

    Just when you thought you already had plenty to worry about, experts Robert Garvin and Kurt Yaeger, and writer Jay Stuller report that the U.S.'s electricity supply system is woefully outdated and in danger of widespread outages. Then, getAbstract is glad to report, their readable book also presents an apparently reasonable remedy: "microgrids." These smart, localized electrical networks conserve and store energy, and can redirect it to the parts of the electrical system that need it most. This bright proposal addresses a serious, but underreported problem. The authors, though perhaps more involved than most objective reporters, discuss electricity's scientific, social, economic and environmental impact. They make their solution more applicable and appealing by identifying companies that are developing microgrid technology. Unlike so many daunting problems, this one seems surmountable, if the U.S. - state by state - can muster the requisite funding and overcome the gooey regulatory status quo.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

    Informative and captivating

    This book tells the facts on where we have been and where we could go with a new power grid technology. Every consumer should read this book in order to understand our own power usage and how we could improve our own life styles. This new technology is very achievable and already in process,this book educates on the future steps that must be taken in order to make it a smooth transition. I recommend this book to anyone who has ever paid a utility bill.

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