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Power Primer: A Nontechnical Guide from Generation to End Use

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In this nontechnical guide, author Ann Chambers provides information on how electricity is generated, transmitted and distributed. Written in easy-to-understand language, this title is a must for industry newcomers as well as veteran professionals who need a quick refresher on the ever-changing electric power industry.
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A detailed account of how electricity is generated, transmitted, and distributed that describes plants, components, systems, equipment, facilities, and other elements. Also considers the nature and behavior of electricity; the history of the industry; and the business, cultural, and political ramifications of its deregulation. Includes a glossary without pronunciation. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878147564
  • Publisher: PennWell Corporation
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 263
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 3
Ch. 1 The Big Picture: From Plant to Plug 7
Ch. 2 A Quick History of the Electric Power Industry 15
Ch. 3 Boilers 33
Ch. 4 Turbines 41
Ch. 5 Controls and Control Rooms 51
Ch. 6 Emissions and Pollutants 61
Ch. 7 Generators 71
Ch. 8 Engines 77
Ch. 9 Traditional Fuels: Coal, Gas, Oil, and Nuclear 83
Ch. 10 Alternative Fuels: Hydroelectric, Solar, Wind, and Biomass 101
Ch. 11 Transformers 121
Ch. 12 Substations 127
Ch. 13 Poles and Towers 133
Ch. 14 Lines and Voltages 141
Ch. 15 Site Selection and Permits 155
Ch. 16 North American Electric Reliability Council 163
Ch. 17 Residential Electricity 173
App. A The Impact of Deregulation 195
App. B: Glossary 209
App. C Electric Power Industry Contacts 243
Index 249
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