PERFECT POWER: How the Microgrid Revolution Will Unleash Cleaner, Greener, More Abundant Energy [NOOK Book]


The Book That Will Revolutionize and Electrify Our Energy Crisis

From Robert Galvin, Motorola's visionary leader and legendary former CEO, and Kurt Yeager, former CEO of the Electric Power Research Institute, comes a powerful wake-up call for the entire energy ...

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PERFECT POWER: How the Microgrid Revolution Will Unleash Cleaner, Greener, More Abundant Energy

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The Book That Will Revolutionize and Electrify Our Energy Crisis

From Robert Galvin, Motorola's visionary leader and legendary former CEO, and Kurt Yeager, former CEO of the Electric Power Research Institute, comes a powerful wake-up call for the entire energy industry. A must-read for investors, entrepreneurs, homeowners, and environmentalists, Perfect Power offers bold new solutions, investments, and job opportunities that address the biggest energy problems we face today, including how to

  • Meet the rising demands for more electricity

  • Create “Perfect Power” that will withstand hurricanes, blackouts, terrorism, and technical malfunctions

  • Implement clean, “green” alternatives by tapping the smart microgrid revolution

  • Live “off the grid” and become energy self-sufficient

  • Identify and invest in exciting new companies and technologies

“Reinventing our nation’s electric supply system is at the heart of solving our climate change and energy security problems. This book underscores the urgency of modernizing our grid and our business models to meet this challenge for our future generations.”
—James E. Rogers, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, Duke Energy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071641654
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
  • Publication date: 8/26/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 1,172,798
  • File size: 2 MB

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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