As a working chemist, Meredith Angwin headed projects that lowered pollution and increased reliability on the electric grid. Her work included pollution control for nitrogen oxides in gas-fired combustion turbines and corrosion control in geothermal and nuclear systems.
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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.
Sun Tzu says that battles are won before they even start. When France built the Maginot Line, it sealed the fate of Poland. When NATO refused to let Ukraine join, it decided the fate of Ukraine.
The New England grid was ready for a mild winter, but not a severe winter. In a recent forum, Connecticut legislators quizzed ISO-NE on winter readiness. I was a speaker at the forum, and the legislator’s questions included many of the themes of “Shorting the Grid.”
What Surprised You? Eric Meyer of Generation Atomic has started a new on-line book club. Eric starts the conversation with a very important question: “In this book, what surprised you?” Great question! The club meetings started with my book, Shorting the Grid. I...