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The grid : the fraying wires between Americans and our energy future / Gretchen Bakke.

Bakke, Gretchen Anna, author. (Author).
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  • 4 of 4 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Branch 333.7932 BAKKE (Text) 33946003121766 New Books . 2nd Floor Available -
Jefferson County Public Library - Madison 333.7932 BAK (Text) 39391006560872 Non-Fiction Available -
Mooresville Public Library - Mooresville 333.793 BAK (Text) 37323005274850 NEW-BKS Available -
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  • ISBN: 9781608196104
  • ISBN: 1608196100
  • Physical Description: xxx, 352 pages: chart ; 25 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2016.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: The Way of the Wind -- How the Grind Got Its Wires -- The Consolidation of Power -- The Cardigan Path -- Things Fall Apart -- Two Birds, One Stone -- A Tale of Two Storms -- In Search of the Holy Grail -- American Zeitgeist.
Summary, etc.: "The grid is an accident of history and of culture, in no way intrinsic to how we produce, deliver and consume electrical power. Yet this is the system the United States ended up with, a jerry-built structure now so rickety and near collapse that a strong wind or a hot day can bring it to a grinding halt. The grid is now under threat from a new source: renewable and variable energy, which puts stress on its logics as much as its components. In entertaining, perceptive, and deeply researched fashion, cultural anthropologist Gretchen Bakke uses the history of an increasingly outdated infrastructure to show how the United States has gone from seemingly infinite technological prowess to a land of structural instability. She brings humor and a bright eye to contemporary solutions and to the often surprising ways in which these succeed or fail. And the consequences of failure are significant. Our national electrical grid grew during an era when monopoly, centralization and standardization meant strength. Yet as we've increasingly become a nation that caters to local needs, and as a plethora of new, renewable energy sources comes on line, our massive system is dangerously out of step. Charting the history of our electrical grid, Bakke helps us see what we all take for granted, shows it as central to our culture and identity as a people, and reveals it to be the linchpin in our aspirations for a clean energy future"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Electric power systems > Technological innovations > United States.
Electric power distribution > United States > History.
Clean energy > United States.
Electric power failures > United States.
Energy policy > Social aspects > United States.
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Power Resources / Electrical.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General.
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Infrastructure.
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General.
SCIENCE / Electricity.

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