Can the U.S. electric grid take another hot summer?
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Can the U.S. electric grid take another hot summer? hearing before the Subcommittee on Energy and Resources of the Committee on Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, second session, July 12, 2006 by United States. Congress. House. Committee on Government Reform. Subcommittee on Energy and Resources

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Published by U.S. G.P.O., For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O. in Washington .
Written in English


  • Electric power distribution -- United States,
  • Electric power failures -- United States -- Prevention,
  • Electric utilities -- Industrial capacity -- United States

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Other titlesCan the US electric grid take another hot summer?
The Physical Object
Paginationiii, 232 p. :
Number of Pages232
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL14563129M
ISBN 100160791103
ISBN 109780160791109
LC Control Number2007406570

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  This book covers topics as diverse as the history of our infrastructure, clean energy, what utility providers actually do, technologies that are helping to localize the grid, and more. However, I can't take a book seriously when the author cannot present basic facts about electricity correctly/5(). With this in mind, here are some surprising facts of America?s energy grid that showcase just how impressive, and powerful, this grid truly is. Multiple Steps in the Energy Transfer Process. Before going into some of the most surprising facts about the U.S. energy grid, it is important to understand how this grid work, on a very basic level.   Even vehicles could play a role, as smart charging can allow electric cars to interface with the electric grid. Distributed generation systems, such as solar panels on individual homes, reduce the distance that electricity has to travel, thereby increasing efficiency and saving money. In the U.S., the Public Utility Regulatory Policy Act (PURPA) dictates that electric utilities on the traditional power grid must purchase the excess electricity that renewable energy systems generate. It's a way of encouraging renewable energy production without requiring utilities to invest in expensive renewable systems themselves.

Power providers want to be sure that your system includes safety and power quality components. These components include switches to disconnect your system from the grid in the event of a power surge or power failure (so repairmen are not electrocuted) and power conditioning equipment to ensure that your power exactly matches the voltage and frequency of the electricity flowing through the grid. The one thing this book is not about is "The Grid" or if one allows that all these things are related, only in the most peripheral sense. It's a pity because the author is according to the jacket, a Phd in particle physics, and "Chief science writer at the American Institute of Physics."Reviews:   Unlike suburban living, where peak usage can cause brown-outs on hot summer days, we actually have the most electricity to spare on those brutally hot mid-summer days. Sure, we turn them off at night, but being able to take the edge off during a mid-day siesta before going back outside to enjoy the garden once things cool down is a welcome break. I purchased a DC 12 volt water heating element that can burn either 30 or 60 amps (depending on how it is wired). There is also a 24 volt model available. Currently I have a water coil in the wood cook stove that is plumbed into a heavy duty range boiler tank and circulates without any electric pump as a thermosiphon system (read all about it here: Hot water for free--from the wood cook stove!