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The Resource The power brokers : the struggle to shape and control the electric power industry, Jeremiah D. Lambert

The power brokers : the struggle to shape and control the electric power industry, Jeremiah D. Lambert

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The power brokers : the struggle to shape and control the electric power industry
Title
The power brokers
Title remainder
the struggle to shape and control the electric power industry
Statement of responsibility
Jeremiah D. Lambert
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
For more than a century, the interplay between private, investor-owned electric utilities and government regulators has shaped the electric power industry in the United States. Provision of an essential service to largely dependent consumers invited government oversight and ever more sophisticated market intervention. The industry has sought to manage, co-opt, and profit from government regulation. In The Power Brokers, Jeremiah Lambert maps this complex interaction from the late nineteenth century to the present day. Lambert's narrative focuses on seven important industry players: Samuel Insull, the principal industry architect and prime mover; David Lilienthal, chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), who waged a desperate battle for market share; Don Hodel, who presided over the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) in its failed attempt to launch a multi-plant nuclear power program; Paul Joskow, the MIT economics professor who foresaw a restructured and competitive electric power industry; Enron's Ken Lay, master of political influence and market-rigging; Amory Lovins, a pioneer proponent of sustainable power; and Jim Rogers, head of Duke Energy, a giant coal-fired utility threatened by decarbonization. Lambert tells how Insull built an empire in a regulatory vacuum, and how the government entered the electricity marketplace by making cheap hydropower available through the TVA. He describes the failed overreach of the BPA, the rise of competitive electricity markets, Enron's market manipulation, Lovins's radical vision of a decentralized industry powered by renewables, and Rogers's remarkable effort to influence cap-and-trade legislation. Lambert shows how the power industry has sought to use regulatory change to preserve or secure market dominance and how rogue players have gamed imperfectly restructured electricity markets. Integrating regulation and competition in this industry has proven a difficult experiment.--
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1934-
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Lambert, Jeremiah D.
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Electric utilities
Label
The power brokers : the struggle to shape and control the electric power industry, Jeremiah D. Lambert
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Samuel Insull, architect and prime builder of the electric utility business in the United States -- David Lilienthal and the era of public power -- Bonneville Power: overreach and disaster -- Paul Joskow and the intellectual blueprint for industry reform -- Ken Lay: competition betrayed -- Amory Lovins: prophet of a new order -- Jim Rogers and the politics of accommodation
Control code
FIEb17757721
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiv, 379 pages
Isbn
9780262029506
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)905970086
Label
The power brokers : the struggle to shape and control the electric power industry, Jeremiah D. Lambert
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Samuel Insull, architect and prime builder of the electric utility business in the United States -- David Lilienthal and the era of public power -- Bonneville Power: overreach and disaster -- Paul Joskow and the intellectual blueprint for industry reform -- Ken Lay: competition betrayed -- Amory Lovins: prophet of a new order -- Jim Rogers and the politics of accommodation
Control code
FIEb17757721
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiv, 379 pages
Isbn
9780262029506
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)905970086

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