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008    160209s2016    nyua          001 0 eng   
010      2016001376 
020    9781608196104 (hardback) 
040    DLC|beng|erda|cDLC|dNvReBT|dUtOrBLW 
042    pcc 
043    n-us--- 
092    333.7932|bBAK 
100 1  Bakke, Gretchen Anna,|eauthor. 
245 14 The grid :|bthe fraying wires between Americans and our 
       energy future /|cGretchen Bakke. 
264  1 New York :|bBloomsbury USA,|c2016. 
300    xxx, 352 pages :|billustrations ;|c25 cm 
336    text|btxt|2rdacontent 
337    unmediated|bn|2rdamedia 
338    volume|bnc|2rdacarrier 
500    Includes index. 
520    "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       an increasingly outdated infrastructure to show how the 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"--|cProvided by 
       publisher. 
650  0 Electric power systems|xTechnological innovations|zUnited 
       States. 
650  0 Electric power distribution|zUnited States|xHistory. 
650  0 Clean energy|zUnited States. 
650  0 Electric power failures|zUnited States. 
650  0 Energy policy|xSocial aspects|zUnited States. 
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 95th Street Adult Nonfiction  333.7932 BAK    DUE 10-16-22