PERFECT POWER: How the Microgrid Revolution Will Unleash Cleaner, Greener, More Abundant Energy

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2008-09-16
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
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What's the solution to the world's growing energy problem? PERFECT POWERElectric usage is rising. Fuel costs are rocketing. Blackouts are happening more frequently. Why? Because our electrical power system--built on a vast network of resources including nuclear energy, natural gas, water, and coal--has become woefully outdated, increasingly expensive, and dangerously fragile. We need to change the current system, and we need to do it now.Written by business visionary and former Motorola chairman Robert Galvin,Perfect Powershows us how to create a "perfect" system that can deliver power where needed, at an astonishing reliability standard of 99.9999999 percent. By super-charging the "Six Sigma" concepts that Galvin developed as the founder and CEO at Motorola, we can Meet the energy reliability and quality needs of the Digital Age Generate new goods and services that create jobs, empower consumers, and lower energy cost Eliminate wasteful spending on our electrical infrastructure that can be used for peak power needs Facilitate local, regional, and, ultimately, national energy independence Fundamentally reduce the impact of energy on the environment Invest in the microgrid revolutionEnergy providers and policy makers will reinvent today's centralized power systems and integrate them with new, efficient "microgrids." Investors and entrepreneurs will spot tomorrow's hottest technologies. Consumers will demand change from "the powers that be." And environmentalists will take advantage of cleaner, greener energy sources available.We have the power to fulfill our energy needs, fix our old systems, forge ahead with new ideas, and fuel our dreams. It'sPerfect Power.

Author Biography

Robert W. Galvin is former Chairman of the Board of Motorola, Inc. He heads the Galvin Electricity Initiative, which supports “Perfect Power” innovations.

Kurt E. Yeager is former President of the Electric Power Research Institute.

Jay Stuller is the author of seven books.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Electric Imperativep. 1
Guiding the Path to Perfect Powerp. 13
The Heat Is Onp. 15
The Gridp. 31
Electrifying the Worldp. 47
The Edison Paradoxp. 67
The Path to Perfect Powerp. 81
Smarter Than the Average Building and Carp. 107
Rewiring Siegel Hall for Perfect Powerp. 127
The Blank Canvas of Mesa Del Solp. 143
Changing the Rules of the Game, Honorablyp. 163
Consumers at the Controlsp. 183
Creating a Green-Collar Revolution: New Companies and New Jobsp. 205
Codap. 225
Glossary of Technical Termsp. 231
Selected Bibliographyp. 251
Indexp. 259
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