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Smart Power: Climate Change, the Smart Grid, and the Future of Electric Utilities / Edition 2
     

Smart Power: Climate Change, the Smart Grid, and the Future of Electric Utilities / Edition 2

by Peter Fox-Penner
 

ISBN-10: 1597267058

ISBN-13: 9781597267052

Pub. Date: 04/28/2010

Publisher: Island Press

A new national policy on climate change is under debate in the United States and is likely to result in a cap on greenhouse gas emissions for utilities. This and other developments will prompt utilities to undergo the largest changes in their history. Smart Power examines the many facets of this unprecedented transformation.

 

This enlightening book

Overview

A new national policy on climate change is under debate in the United States and is likely to result in a cap on greenhouse gas emissions for utilities. This and other developments will prompt utilities to undergo the largest changes in their history. Smart Power examines the many facets of this unprecedented transformation.

 

This enlightening book begins with a look back on the deregulatory efforts of the 1990s and their gradual replacement by concerns over climate change, promoting new technologies, and developing stable prices and supplies. In thorough but non-technical terms it explains the revolutionary changes that the Smart Grid is bringing to utility operations. It also examines the options for low-carbon emissions along with the real-world challenges the industry and its regulators must face as the industry retools and finances its new sources and systems.

 

Throughout the book, Peter Fox-Penner provides insights into the policy choices and regulatory reform needed to face these challenges. He not only weighs the costs and benefits of every option, but presents interviews with informed experts, including economists, utility CEOs, and engineers. He gives a brief history of the development of the current utility business model and examines possible new business models that are focused on energy efficiency.

 

Smart Power explains every aspect of the coming energy revolution for utilities in lively prose that will captivate even the most techno-phobic readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597267052
Publisher:
Island Press
Publication date:
04/28/2010
Edition description:
1
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. The First Electric Revolution
Chapter 2. Deregulation, Past and Prologue
 
PART I. The Smart Grid and Electricity Sales
Chapter 3. The New Paradigm
Chapter 4. Smart Electric Pricing
Chapter 5. The Regulatory Mountain
Chapter 6. The (Highly Uncertain) Future of Sales
 
PART II. Supply Side Challenges
Chapter 7. The Aluminum Sky
Chapter 8. The Great Power Shift
Chapter 9. Billion Dollar Bets
 
PART III. Business Models for the New Utility Industry
Chapter 10. Energy Efficiency: The Buck Stops Where?
Chapter 11. Two and a Half Business Models
Chapter 12. The Smart Integrator
Chapter 13. The Energy Services Utility
 
Conclusion
 
Technical Appendix A
Technical Appendix B
Technical Appendix C
Notes
Bibliography
Abbreviations
Acknowledgments
Index

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