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Understanding Electric Utilities and De-Regulation, 2nd Edition

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Title: Understanding Electric Utilities and De-Regulation, 2nd Edition
Author: H. Lee Willis, Lorrin Philipson
ISBN: 0824727738 / 9780824727734
Format: Hard Cover
Pages: 520
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Year: 2006
Availability: 5-7 days
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Power interruptions of the scale of the North American Blackout of 2003 are rare, but they still loom as a possibility. Will the aging infrastructure fail because deregulated monopolies have no financial incentives to upgrade? Is centralized planning becoming subordinate to market forces? Understanding Electric Utilities and De-Regulation, Second Edition provides an updated, non-technical description that sheds light on the nature of the industry and the issues involved in its transition away from a regulated environment.

The book begins by broadly surveying the industry, from a regulated utility structure to the major concepts of de-regulation to the history of electricity, the technical aspects, and the business of power. Then, the authors delve into the technologies and functions on which the industry operates; the many ways that power is used; and the various means of power generation, including central generating stations, renewable energy, and single-household size generators. The authors then devote considerable attention to the details of regulation and de-regulation. To conclude, one new chapter examines aging infrastructures and reliability of service, while another explores the causes of blackouts and how they can be prevented.

Based on the authors' extensive experience, Understanding Electric Utilities and De-Regulation, Second Edition offers an up-to-date perspective on the major issues impacting the daily operations as well as the long-term future of the electric utilities industry.

Series Introduction

Chapter 1 : The Electric Industry and its Traditional Regulated Structure    
Chapter 2 : The Electric Industry Under De-regulation - an Overview    
Chapter 3 : A History of The Electric Power Industry    
Chapter 4 : Electric Power    
Chapter 5 : Using Electric Energy    
Chapter 6 : Creating Electricity : Power Generation    
Chapter 7 : Renewable Power Generation    
Chapter 8 : Distributed Generation and Storage    
Chapter 9 : Electric Utility Power Systems    
Chapter 10 : Regulation and De-regulation    
Chapter 11 : De-regulation at The Wholesale Power Level    
Chapter 12 : The Power Grid in The De-regulated Industry    
Chapter 13 : Power Distribution in a De-regulated Industry    
Chapter 14 : Retail Sales in a Fully De-regulated Industry    
Chapter 15 : Service Reliability and Aging Infrastructures    
Chapter 16 : System Blackouts and Operational Complexity    


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