The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future

Category: Engineering
Author: Gretchen Bakke, Ph.D.
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by all_usernames   2017-09-13
A good read on the topic of electricity production and distribution in the age of renewable, distributed sources:
by stevenmays   2017-08-19
I fully recommend The Grid by Gretchen Bakke. It goes over this subject in great detail.


by austinl   2017-08-19
I'd recommend the book The Grid as a primer on how stuff like this can happen. Energy is strange, in the sense that everything produced needs to be used more or less immediately. Maintaining the energy grid is a careful balancing act between preventing surges and blackouts.

There are a lot of grid-related engineering problems that come from increasing decentralization (e.g. wind, solar, hydro) because it increases unpredictability in supply.