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.
Shorting the Grid will show you the hidden problems caused by lack of accountability in grid governance. Americans need to pay attention to how the grid is managed, and not be fooled by simplistic assurances of market forces, all-renewable mandates, endless cheap natural gas, and distributed generation. Hopeful speeches will not keep the lights on. If you assume that the lights will go on when you flip a switch, you need to read this book.
“An eye-opening exposé of our grid’s vulnerabilities. The “deregulated” grid is highly political, secretive, overly complex, and unable to meet public needs like reliability, affordability, and low pollution. If you take for granted that the lights go on when you flip a switch, this book may blow your mind. ”
— Joshua S. Goldstein, author of A Bright Future:
How Some Countries Have Solved Climate Change and the Rest Can Follow
“Reading Angwin’s book is like chatting with an expert who helps you understand the underlying engineering, finances, and policies creating the risks. Her narrative moves back and forth between insightful overviews and specific examples. The book covers many grid attributes, suggesting realistic conclusions without ideological advocacy.” — Dr. Robert Hargraves, Author of Thorium, Energy Cheaper than Coal
and co-founder of ThorCon Power
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