The Grid

The Grid

The Grid tells--entertainingly, perceptively--the story of what has been called "the largest machine in the world": its fascinating history, its problematic present, and its potential role in a brighter, cleaner future.

Author: Gretchen Bakke

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781620401248

Category: Science

Page: 384

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One of Bill Gates's Favorite Books of 2016 A revelatory look at our national power grid--how it developed, its current flaws, and how it must be completely reimagined for our fast-approaching energy future. America's electrical grid, an engineering triumph of the twentieth century, is turning out to be a poor fit for the present. It's not just that the grid has grown old and is now in dire need of basic repair. Today, as we invest great hope in new energy sources--solar, wind, and other alternatives--the grid is what stands most firmly in the way of a brighter energy future. If we hope to realize this future, we need to reimagine the grid according to twenty-first-century values. It's a project which forces visionaries to work with bureaucrats, legislators with storm-flattened communities, moneymen with hippies, and the left with the right. And though it might not yet be obvious, this revolution is already well under way. Cultural anthropologist Gretchen Bakke unveils the many facets of America's energy infrastructure, its most dynamic moments and its most stable ones, and its essential role in personal and national life. The grid, she argues, is an essentially American artifact, one which developed with us: a product of bold expansion, the occasional foolhardy vision, some genius technologies, and constant improvisation. Most of all, her focus is on how Americans are changing the grid right now, sometimes with gumption and big dreams and sometimes with legislation or the brandishing of guns. The Grid tells--entertainingly, perceptively--the story of what has been called "the largest machine in the world": its fascinating history, its problematic present, and its potential role in a brighter, cleaner future.
Categories: Science

Modernizing America s Electricity Infrastructure

Modernizing America s Electricity Infrastructure

“Electricity Grids, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy: An Integrated Agenda. ... Issue Brief: A Vision for the Future of the Electric Industry. ... The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future.

Author: Mason Willrich

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262342414

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

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A comprehensive, coherent strategy for modernizing America's electricity infrastructure while ensuring affordable, reliable, secure, and environmentally sustainable electricity services. America's aging electricity infrastructure is deteriorating rapidly even as the need for highly reliable electric service—driven by the explosion of digital technology—continues to rise. Largely missing from national discussions, however, is a coherent, comprehensive national strategy for modernizing this critical infrastructure. Energy expert Mason Willrich presents just such a strategy in this book, connecting the dots across electric utilities, independent suppliers, government bureaucracies, political jurisdictions, and academic disciplines. He explains the need for a coherent approach, offers a framework for analyzing policy options, and proposes a step-by-step strategy for modernizing electrical infrastructure, end-to-end, in a way that ensures the delivery of affordable, reliable, secure, and environmentally sustainable electricity services. Willrich argues that an effective electrical infrastructure modernization strategy must incorporate flexibility, adaptability, and the capacity to coordinate policies at local, state, and federal levels. He reviews the history of America's electrification, from Edison's demonstration of the incandescent light bulb through the recent expansion of wind, solar, and energy efficiency as carbon-free energy resources. He describes the current ownership and operation of the electric industry and the complicated web of federal and state policies that govern it.
Categories: Business & Economics

Beyond Sustainability

Beyond Sustainability

The first book we will draw attention to is The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future (2016) by Gretchen Bakke. Bakke describes, much as we did, our dependency on an energy source—the grid—that nearly all of us ...

Author: Tim Delaney

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476682365

Category: Political Science

Page: 308

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This book approaches environmentalism via two academic disciplines, sociology and philosophy. Both have concerns about the environment's ability not only to sustain itself but to thrive. The authors argue that rather than simple sustainability, we must promote thrivability for the sake of protecting the environment and all living things. In this greatly expanded second edition, the authors have updated data and examples, introduced new topics and concepts, and emphasized the need to lessen our dependence on fossil fuels. Numerous topics are explored, from the differences between sustainability and thrivability, and the overuse of plastic, to mass extinction, the role of natural disasters and more. The COVID-19 pandemic offers an added perspective on the relationship between disease and the environment.
Categories: Political Science

Sustainability in Energy and Buildings 2018

Sustainability in Energy and Buildings 2018

Proceedings of the 10th International Conference in Sustainability on Energy and Buildings (SEB'18) Prasad Kaparaju, Robert J. Howlett, ... Bakke, G.: The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future, p. 351.

Author: Prasad Kaparaju

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783030042936

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 500

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This book contains selected papers from SEB-18, the Tenth International Conference on Sustainability in Energy and Buildings, which was organised by KES International and Griffith University and held in Gold Coast, Australia in June 2018. SEB-18 invited contributions on a range of topics related to sustainable buildings and renewable energy, and explored innovative topics regarding intelligent buildings and cities. Applicable areas included the sustainable design and of buildings, neighbourhoods and cities (built and natural environment); optimisation and modelling techniques; smart energy systems for smart cities; green information communications technology; and a broad range of solar, wind, wave and other renewable energy topics. The aim of the conference was to bring together researchers and government and industry professionals to discuss the future of energy in buildings, neighbourhoods and cities from a theoretical, practical, implementation and simulation perspective. In addition, SEB-18 offered an exciting opportunity to present, interact, and learn about the latest research in Sustainability in Energy and Buildings.
Categories: Technology & Engineering

The Regulation and Policy of Latin American Energy Transitions

The Regulation and Policy of Latin American Energy Transitions

In: Salter, R., Gonza ́lez, C.G., Warner, E.A.K. (Eds.), Energy Justice. US and International Perspectives. Edward Elgar Publishing. Bakke, G., 2016. The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future.

Author: Lucas Guimaraes

Publisher: Elsevier Science

ISBN: 9780128195215

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 396

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The Regulation and Policy of Latin American Energy Transitions examines the ongoing revolution within the energy landscape of Latin America. This book includes real-world examples from across the continent to demonstrate the current landscape of energy policy in Latin America. It focuses on distributed energy resources, including distributed generation, energy efficiency and microgrids, but also addresses the role of less common energy sources, such as geothermal and biogas, as well as discusses the changing role of energy actors, where consumers become prosumers or prosumagers, and utilities become service providers. The legal frameworks that are still hampering the transformation of the energy landscape are explored, together with an analysis of the economic, planning-related and social aspects of energy transitions, which can help address the issue of how inequalities are affecting and being affected by energy transitions. The book is suitable for policy makers, lawyers, economists and social science professionals working with energy policy, as well as researchers and industry professionals in the field. It is an ideal source for anyone involved in energy policy and regulation across Latin America. Reviews key legal and policy features defining success and failure within the diverse Latin American energy transitions Provides clear descriptions and comparisons of current and potential future policy frameworks in Latin America across differing social, economic, geo-political and policy contexts Analyzes the potential role of new technologies and practices in developing the region's energy economy Poses key regulatory challenges and possible means to finance the envisioned transitions
Categories: Business & Economics

The Economics of Clean Energy

The Economics of Clean Energy

Offshore Wind Energy Technology. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2018. Gretchen Bakke. The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future. London, UK: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2016. Godfrey Boyle. Renewable Energy: Power for a ...

Author: Kathryn Roberts

Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing LLC

ISBN: 9781534504004

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 200

View: 335

As of 2017, 69 percent of Americans were in favor of restricting carbon emissions from coal power plants out of concern for climate change and the state of the environment, but can we afford to make the change to cleaner energy sources? This volume looks at the various alternative energy sources and their economic viability, exploring the debate about which path forward makes the most sense. Readers will gain a better understanding of the crossroads facing policymakers and the energy sector and be empowered to form their own opinions about how this urgent issue should be addressed.
Categories: Young Adult Nonfiction

Fighting Political Gridlock

Fighting Political Gridlock

... MA: MIT Press, 2017); Philip F. Schewe, The Grid: A Journey Through the Heart of Our Electrified World (Washington, DC: Joseph Henry Press, 2007); Gretchen Bakke, The Grid: The Fraying Wires between Americans and Our Energy Future ...

Author: David J. Toscano

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

ISBN: 9780813946474

Category: Political Science

Page: 298

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Toscano concludes with a call to action and civic engagement, including suggestions for how citizens and public officials can revitalize American democracy.
Categories: Political Science

Communities and the Clean Energy Revolution

Communities and the Clean Energy Revolution

initiative that advanced renewable energy policies. ... Cities using 100 percent renewable energy for their buildings and services. ... The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future, 1st edition.

Author: Melanie J. La Rosa

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781793639233

Category: Clean energy

Page: 270

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"Communities and the Clean Energy Revolution profiles people in eight locations across the U.S. leading unique clean energy projects. This book provides unique insight into transitioning to solar, wind, and other types of clean, renewable power and the transformation of America's energy system"--
Categories: Clean energy

Downtime on the Microgrid

Downtime on the Microgrid

7. Gretchen Bakke, The Grid: The Fraying Wires between Americans and Our Energy Future (New York: Bloomsbury, 2016). 8. David E. Nye, America's Assembly Line (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. 2013). 9. Tyler Hamilton, Mad Like Tesla: Underdog ...

Author: Malcolm McCullough

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262357012

Category: Computers

Page: 264

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Something good about the smart city: a human-centered account of why the future of electricity is local. Resilience now matters most, and most resilience is local—even for that most universal, foundational modern resource: the electric power grid. Today that technological marvel is changing more rapidly than it has for a lifetime, and in our new grid awareness, community microgrids have become a fascinating catalyst for cultural value change. In Downtime on the Microgrid, Malcolm McCullough offers a thoughtful counterpoint to the cascade of white papers on smart clean infrastructure. Writing from an experiential perspective, McCullough avoids the usual smart city futurism, technological solutionism, policy acronyms, green idealism, critical theory jargon, and doomsday prepping to provide new cultural context for a subject long a favorite theme in science and technology studies. McCullough describes the three eras of North American electrification: innovation, consolidation, and decentralization. He considers the microgrid boom and its relevance to the built environment as “architecture's grid edge.” Finally, he argues that resilience arises from clusters; although a microgrid is often described as an island, future resilience will require archipelagos—clusters of microgrids, with a two-way, intermittent connectiveness that is very different from the always-on, top-down technofuture we may be expecting. With Downtime on the Microgrid, McCullough rises above techno-hype to find something good about the smart city and reassuring about local resilience.
Categories: Computers

Power Lined

Power Lined

Electricity, Landscape, and the American Mind Daniel L. Wuebben ... Several recent titles, especially Gretchen Bakke's The Grid: The Fraying Wires between America and Our Energy Future (2016) and Julie Cohn's The Grid: Biography of an ...

Author: Daniel L. Wuebben

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9781496203663

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 264

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The proliferation of electric communication and power networks have drawn wires through American landscapes like vines through untended gardens since 1844. But these wire networks are more than merely the tools and infrastructure required to send electric messages and power between distinct places; the iconic lines themselves send powerful messages. The wiry webs above our heads and the towers rhythmically striding along the horizon symbolize the ambiguous effects of widespread industrialization and the shifting values of electricity and landscape in the American mind. In Power-Lined Daniel L. Wuebben weaves together personal narrative, historical research, cultural analysis, and social science to provide a sweeping investigation of the varied influence of overhead wires on the American landscape and the American mind. Wuebben shows that overhead wires—from Morse’s telegraph to our high-voltage grid—not only carry electricity between American places but also create electrified spaces that signify and complicate notions of technology, nature, progress, and, most recently, renewable energy infrastructure. Power-Lined exposes the subtle influences wrought by the wiring of the nation and shows that, even in this age of wireless devices, perceptions of overhead lines may be key in progressing toward a more sustainable energy future.
Categories: Technology & Engineering