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Smart Power

Smart Power

Climate Change, the Smart Grid, and the Future of Electric Utilities

Peter Fox-Penner  

226 pages
Publisher: Island Press, USA

    Paperback - 2010
ISBN: 9781597267069 - AU $ 49.95


 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.

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


 Peter Fox-Penner is a consulting executive and an internationally recognised authority on energy and electric power industry issues. Dr Fox-Penner is a principal and chairman emeritus of The Brattle Group, a leading international economic consulting firm. 

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