Meredith Angwin is devoted to supporting clean, safe, affordable nuclear energy. She also works to protect the interests of electricity consumers (that is, all of us), by serving as one of two Vermont representatives to the steering committee of the Consumer Liaison Group of ISO-NE, the New England grid operator.
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Shorting The Grid
by Meredith Angwin
Shorting the Grid, The Hidden Fragility of Our Electric Grid is an exposé of the insider-ruled practices of the “deregulated” areas of the United States electric grid. The grid in these areas is managed by a regional transmission organization (RTO). Within these organizations, no group is responsible or accountable for grid reliability. The RTO areas have higher retail electricity prices, no way for ordinary citizens to influence decisions, and a more fragile grid. Using the rules and history of the New England grid as an example, the book shows how RTO areas are moving steadily to a future of “rolling blackouts” where the grid operator deliberately cuts power to one section of the grid after another.
In my forthcoming book, Shorting the Grid, I present the situation and the choices as they currently exist on the grid. I avoided doing too much speculation. As I have often said, “Look out for the word could.” As soon as someone begins to talk about what we “could”...
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