The Grid: Electrical Infrastructure for a New Era by Gretchen Bakke

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Title : The Grid: Electrical Infrastructure for a New Era
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ISBN : 1608196100
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 288 pages


Clif rated it ★★★★☆

December 20, 2016

This book provides a thorough explanation of both the history and the details of how the electrical power grid works. The book then proceeds to discuss prospects for its future. Anyone who is an advocate for the "greening" of the electrical power should read this book to be informed about the com...

Scott rated it ★★☆☆☆

September 18, 2016

This book, unfortunately, is a perfect example of a magazine article's worth of concept, analysis, and insight stretched too thinly to book length. The Bloomsbury editors -- who clearly have zero background in electricity, as a business or discipline -- failed Bakke, and failed her readers. Such...

Mary Beth rated it ★★★★☆

May 20, 2016

I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I can't believe how much I enjoyed this book... I am not in any way an energy person, but this book caught my eye -- maybe for just that reason -- and I am delighted to have read it. I learned something new on almost every page. The history of the developm...

Fraser rated it ★★★★☆

December 11, 2016

Very interesting history lesson of how we got our current (terribly antiquated) grid, as well as the monopoly/monopsony powers the utilities running the grid have wielded. Especially interesting to me was the impact of PURPA, legislation passed in the 70s that flew under the radar but forced util...

Peter rated it ★★★★☆

August 19, 2016

The grid is a well-done book on a topic that is not sexy. The maintenance and refiguring of the grid for newer alternative energy sources that aren't steady and reliable like fossil fuels but are unlimited and less hostage to the fortunes of foreign affairs. In addition to refiguring to new sourc...

Meghan rated it ★★★☆☆

January 15, 2017

Very interesting overview of the grid and its many ailments, as well as a meditation on our relationship with electricity. I'm surprised I knew as little about the grid as I did going into this, considering it's the infrastructure that allows for modern life to be what it is.

Kelly rated it ★★★★☆

March 10, 2017

I thought this book certainly lived up to its promise - it was at least as good a history, exposition, and analysis of our electrical grid as I expected; an in fact was both more thorough and more creative than I had anticipated. The thoroughness may have been at the heart of my biggest struggle...

Jason rated it ★☆☆☆☆

September 27, 2016

This book represents a great idea (the need to explain how our electricity system and the grid work) in desperate need of a greater editor. The topic might not be "sexy" but that doesn't mean the writing has to be robotic and repetitive. This book was a real slog to get through and I have to admi...

Ian rated it ★★★☆☆

March 07, 2018

I really thought The Grid: Electrical Infrastructure for a New Era was going to be a heck of a lot more interesting and informative than it was. Another reviewer here rightly suggests that this is a book-length magazine article—Bakke circles the drain on many of her points, repeating opinions and...

Wiktor rated it ★★★★☆

February 03, 2017

Actually an interesting subject but sorely in need of heavy editing. Towards the end there are obvious typographical errors in the text which make the last half a slog to get through.

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