Summary of The Grid
The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future
As its electrical grid ages, the United States suffers more power outages than any other developed nation.
Cultural anthropologist Gretchen Bakke explains that the United States leads the developed world in power outages due to the unreliability of its grid – the complex nationwide system of making and delivering electricity. Bakke describes the development of the flawed US grid and outlines its challenges. For example, she explains, since the power industry has no effective way to store electricity, its generation and consumption always occur simultaneously. You might wish Bakke had told you more about how America could improve the grid’s resiliency in the future, but she covers a lot of ground even so. getAbstract recommends her book to investors, policy makers and entrepreneurs who want to learn what is wrong with the US electrical infrastructure and why.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why the US power system is vulnerable to breakdowns,
- Why electrical utility companies have few incentives to maintain the transmission infrastructure of “the grid” and
- How solving the problem of storing electricity could transform the grid.
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