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The Resource The grid : the fraying wires between Americans and our energy future, Gretchen Bakke

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

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The grid : the fraying wires between Americans and our energy future
Title
The grid
Title remainder
the fraying wires between Americans and our energy future
Statement of responsibility
Gretchen Bakke
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"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perceptive, and deeply researched fashion, cultural anthropologist Gretchen Bakke uses the history of an increasingly outdated infrastructure to show how the United States has gone from seemingly infinite technological prowess to a land of structural instability.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"--
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Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
333.793/2
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
TK1005
LC item number
.B27 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
The grid : the fraying wires between Americans and our energy future, Gretchen Bakke
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
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
Control code
ocn938855575
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxx, 352 pages
Isbn
9781608196104
Lccn
2016001376
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)938855575
Label
The grid : the fraying wires between Americans and our energy future, Gretchen Bakke
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
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
Control code
ocn938855575
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxx, 352 pages
Isbn
9781608196104
Lccn
2016001376
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)938855575

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