Smart Power

Smart Power

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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.Biomass and geothermal power (eighth and ninth rows) are also in line with the costs of coal and gas power, but this is the result ... is a bit pricey now, but will be valuable if it can incorporate storage, continue its rapid progress, and get transmission. Comparing the third and fourth columns, you may be surprised to see that putting a price on carbon does not knock the ... Onshore wind is inexpensive, but requires substantial new transmission supplies and backup power and is presentlyanbsp;...


Title:Smart Power
Author: Peter Fox-Penner
Publisher:Island Press - 2010-04-05
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