Reinventing Electric Utilities: Competition, Citizen Action, and Clean Power [NOOK Book]

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Traditionally protected as monopolies, electric utilities are now being caught in the fervor for deregulation that is sweeping the country. Nearly forty states have enacted or are considering laws and regulations that will profoundly alter the way the electric utility industry is governed.

In Reinventing Electric Utilities, Ed Smeloff and Peter Asmus consider the challenges for citizens and the utility industry in this new era of competition. ...
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Reinventing Electric Utilities: Competition, Citizen Action, and Clean Power

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Overview

Traditionally protected as monopolies, electric utilities are now being caught in the fervor for deregulation that is sweeping the country. Nearly forty states have enacted or are considering laws and regulations that will profoundly alter the way the electric utility industry is governed.

In Reinventing Electric Utilities, Ed Smeloff and Peter Asmus consider the challenges for citizens and the utility industry in this new era of competition. Through an in-depth case study of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), a once-troubled utility that is now widely regarded as a model for energy efficiency and renewable energy development, they explore the changes that have occurred in the utility industry, and the implications of those changes for the future. The SMUD portrait is complemented by regional case studies that highlight the efforts of citizen groups and utilities to eliminate unproductive and environmentally damaging sources of power and to promote the use of new, cleaner energy technologies.

The authors present and explain some of the fundamental principles that govern restructuring, while acknowledging that solutions will depend upon the unique resource needs, culture, and utility structure of each particular region. Reinventing Electric Utilities is an important work for policymakers, energy professionals, and anyone concerned about the future of the electric services industry.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597262491
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1996
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 254
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author


Ed Smeloff is a member of the board of directors of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District.

Peter Asmus is an environmental writer based in Sacramento, California. His books include In Search of Environmental Excellence (Simon & Schuster, 1990).


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Table of Contents

Acronyms and Abbreviations
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 The Growth of Electric Monopolies 7
Ch. 2 Pulling the Plug on Nuclear Power in Sacramento 25
Ch. 3 The Road to Recovery for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District 51
Ch. 4 The Breakup of Utilities and California's New Electric Order 75
Ch. 5 Regional Examples of Utility Reform 109
Ch. 6 Last of the Monopolies?: The Future of the Electric Services Industry 147
Postscript: Update on the California Plan 171
Appendix A Descriptions of SMUD Programs 175
Appendix B Promoting Renewable Energy in a Restructured Electricity Market 195
Appendix C Summary of National and Regional Surveys Affirming Consistent Public Support for Conservation and Renewable Energy 199
Appendix D Maps Depicting States with Commitments to IRP, DSM, and Renewable Energy 207
Glossary of Energy Terms 209
Resource Guide 217
Bibliography 221
Index 225
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