Examines the prospects for advancing U.S. energy efficiency through technology improvements and regulatory changes in the utility sector and related Federal and State initiatives. Photos, charts and tables.
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.
Chambers gives you a history of these two converging industries and an overview of the factors forcing them together-political, regulatory, technical and economic. Contents: Introduction Natural gas history Transportation and storage Exploration, drilling and production Trading Natural gas basics Electric power history Deregulation Convergence Power plant basics Power generation technologies Competing fuels and environmental factors Merchant plants Distributed generation Conclusion.
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