Best Energy Policy Books

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

Author: by Gretchen Bakke
Published at: Bloomsbury USA; Reprint edition (July 11, 2017)
ISBN: 978-1632865687

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A revelatory look at our national power grid-how it developed, its current flaws, and how it must be completely reimagined for our fast-approaching energy future. America’s electrical grid, an engineering triumph of the twentieth century, is turning out to be a poor fit for the present.

It’s not just that the grid has grown old and is now in dire need of basic repair. Today, as we invest great hope in new energy sources-solar, wind, and other alternatives-the grid is what stands most firmly in the way of a brighter energy future.

If we hope to realize this future, we need to reimagine the grid according to twenty-first-century values. It’s a project which forces visionaries to work with bureaucrats, legislators with storm-flattened communities, moneymen with hippies, and the left with the right.

And though it might not yet be obvious, this revolution is already well under way. Cultural anthropologist Gretchen Bakke unveils the many facets of America’s energy infrastructure, its most dynamic moments and its most stable ones, and its essential role in personal and national life.


2. The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy

Author: by Michael Lewis
Published at: W. W. Norton & Company; Illustrated edition (December 3, 2019)
ISBN: 978-0393357455

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The New York Times Bestseller, with a new afterword “[Michael Lewis’s] most ambitious and important book.” Joe Klein, New York TimesMichael Lewis’s brilliant narrative of the Trump administration’s botched presidential transition takes us into the engine rooms of a government under attack by its leaders through willful ignorance and greed.

The government manages a vast array of critical services that keep us safe and underpin our lives from ensuring the safety of our food and drugs and predicting extreme weather events to tracking and locating black market uranium before the terrorists do.

The Fifth Risk masterfully and vividly unspools the consequences if the people given control over our government have no idea how it works.


3. Short Circuiting Policy: Interest Groups and the Battle Over Clean Energy and Climate Policy in the American States (Studies in Postwar American Political Development)

Author: by Leah Cardamore Stokes
Published at: Oxford University Press (April 15, 2020)

ISBN: 978-0190074265

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In 1999, Texas passed a landmark clean energy law, beginning a groundswell of new policies that promised to make the US a world leader in renewable energy. As Leah Stokes shows in Short Circuiting Policy, however, that policy did not lead to momentum in Texas, which failed to implement its solar laws or clean up its electricity system.

Examining clean energy laws in Texas, Kansas, Arizona, and Ohio over a thirty-year time frame, Stokes argues that organized combat between advocate and opponent interest groups is central to explaining why states are not on track to address the climate crisis.

She tells the political history of our energy institutions, explaining how fossil fuel companies and electric utilities have promoted climate denial and delay. Stokes further explains the limits of policy feedback theory, showing the ways that interest groups drive retrenchment through lobbying, public opinion, political parties and the courts.

More than a history of renewable energy policy in modern America, Short Circuiting Policy offers a bold new argument about how the policy process works, and why seeming victories can turn into losses when the opposition has enough resources to roll back laws.


4. Shorting the Grid: The Hidden Fragility of Our Electric Grid

Author: by Meredith Angwin
Published at: Carnot Communications (October 13, 2020)
ISBN: 978-1735358000

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When rolling blackouts come to the electric grid, they will be old news to the grid insiders. Only the electricity customers will be surprised. Grid insiders know how fragile the grid is becoming. Unfortunately, they have no incentive to solve the problems because near-misses increase their profits.

Meredith Angwin describes how closed meetings, arcane auction rules, and five-minute planning horizons will topple the reliability of our electric grid. Shorting the Grid shines light on our vulnerable grid. It also suggests actions that can support the grid that supports all of us.


5. A Question of Power: Electricity and the Wealth of Nations

Author: by Robert Bryce
Published at: PublicAffairs; 1st edition (March 10, 2020)
ISBN: 978-1610397490

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Historically, it was guns, germs, and steel that determined the fates of people and nations. Now, more than ever, it is electricity. Global demand for power is doubling every two decades, but electricity remains one of the most difficult forms of energy to supply and do so reliably.

Today, some three billion people live in places where per-capita electricity use is less than what’s used by an average American refrigerator. How we close the colossal gap between the electricity rich and the electricity poor will determine our success in addressing issues like women’s rights, inequality, and climate change.

In A Question of Power, veteran journalist Robert Bryce tells the human story of electricity, the world’s most important form of energy. Through onsite reporting from India, Iceland, Lebanon, Puerto Rico, New York, and Colorado, he shows how our cities, our money-our very lives-depend on reliable flows of electricity.

He highlights the factors needed for successful electrification and explains why so many people are still stuck in the dark. With vivid writing and incisive analysis, he powerfully debunks the notion that our energy needs can be met solely with renewables and demonstrates why-if we are serious about addressing climate change-nuclear energy must play a much bigger role.


6. The Absent Superpower: The Shale Revolution and a World Without America

Author: by Peter Zeihan
Published at: Zeihan on Geopolitics (January 1, 2017)
ISBN: 978-0998505206

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The world is changing in ways most of us find incomprehensible. Terrorism spills out of the Middle East into Europe. Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, China and Japan vie to see who can be most aggressive. Financial breakdown in Asia and Europe guts growth, challenging hard-won political stability.

Yet for the Americans, these changes are fantastic. Alone among the world’s powers, only the United States is geographically wealthy, demographically robust, and energy secure. That last piece – American energy security – is rapidly emerging as the most critical piece of the global picture.

The American shale revolution does more than sever the largest of the remaining ties that bind America’s fate to the wider world. It re-industrializes the United States, accelerates the global order’s breakdown, and triggers a series of wide ranging military conflicts that will shape the next two decades.The common theme?

Just as the global economy tips into chaos, just as global energy becomes dangerous, just as the world really needs the Americans to be engaged, the United States will be…Absent. In 2014’s The Accidental Superpower, geopolitical strategist Peter Zeihan made the case that geographic, demographic and energy trends were unravelling the global system.


7. Energy, Environment, and Climate (Third Edition)

Author: by Richard Wolfson
Published at: W. W. Norton & Company; Third edition (August 15, 2017)
ISBN: 978-0393622911

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An engaging exploration of energy’s impact We live in a world where humans are using more energy with each passing year. This popular text explores the science behind energy production and its impact on the planet. While acknowledging that energy-driven climate change is the dominant energy issue of this century, author Richard Wolfson allows the science to speak for itself; students receive the tools and information they need to weigh challenging trade-offs and draw informed conclusions.


8. Renewable Energy: A Primer for the Twenty-First Century (Columbia University Earth Institute Sustainability Primers)

Author: by Professor Bruce Usher
Published at: Columbia University Press; Illustrated edition (January 1, 2019)
ISBN: 978-0231187855

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From wood to coal to oil and gas, the sources of energy on which civilization depends have always changed as technology advances. Now renewables are overtaking fossil fuels, with wind and solar energy becoming cheaper and more competitive every year.

Growth in renewable energy will further accelerate as electric vehicles become less expensive than traditional automobiles. Understanding the implications of the energy transition will prepare us for the many changes ahead. This book is a primer for readers of all levels on the coming energy transition and its global consequences.

Bruce Usher provides a concise yet comprehensive explanation for the extraordinary growth in wind and solar energy; the trajectory of the transition from fossil fuels to renewables; and the implications for industries, countries, and the climate. Written in a straightforward style with easy-to-understand visual aids, the book illuminates the strengths and weaknesses of renewable energy based on business fundamentals and analysis of the economic forces that have given renewables a tailwind.

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Modernizing America's Electricity Infrastructure (The MIT Press)

Author: by Mason Willrich
Published at: The MIT Press; 1st edition (October 13, 2017)
ISBN: 978-0262036795

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A comprehensive, coherent strategy for modernizing America’s electricity infrastructure while ensuring affordable, reliable, secure, and environmentally sustainable electricity services. America’s aging electricity infrastructure is deteriorating rapidly even as the need for highly reliable electric servicedriven by the explosion of digital technologycontinues to rise.

Largely missing from national discussions, however, is a coherent, comprehensive national strategy for modernizing this critical infrastructure. Energy expert Mason Willrich presents just such a strategy in this book, connecting the dots across electric utilities, independent suppliers, government bureaucracies, political jurisdictions, and academic disciplines.

He explains the need for a coherent approach, offers a framework for analyzing policy options, and proposes a step-by-step strategy for modernizing electrical infrastructure, end-to-end, in a way that ensures the delivery of affordable, reliable, secure, and environmentally sustainable electricity services.

10. Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America

Author: by Eliza Griswold
Published at: Picador; Reprint edition (June 4, 2019)
ISBN: 978-1250215079

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Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for General NonfictionIn Amity and Prosperity, the prizewinning poet and journalist Eliza Griswold tells the story of the energy boom’s impact on a small town at the edge of Appalachia and one woman’s transformation from a struggling single parent to an unlikely activist.

Stacey Haney is a local nurse working hard to raise two kids and keep up her small farm when the fracking boom comes to her hometown of Amity, Pennsylvania. Intrigued by reports of lucrative natural gas leases in her neighbors’ mailboxes, she strikes a deal with a Texas-based energy company.

Soon trucks begin rumbling past her small farm, a fenced-off drill site rises on an adjacent hilltop, and domestic animals and pets start to die. When mysterious sicknesses begin to afflict her children, she appeals to the company for help.

Its representatives insist that nothing is wrong. Alarmed by her children’s illnesses, Haney joins with neighbors and a committed husband-and-wife legal team to investigate what’s really in the water and air. Against local opposition, Haney and her allies doggedly pursue their case in court and begin to expose the damage that’s being done to the land her family has lived on for centuries.

11. The Rare Metals War: The Dark Side of Clean Energy and Digital Technologies

Author: by Guillaume Pitron
Published at: Scribe US; Illustrated edition (October 6, 2020)
ISBN: 978-1950354313

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Is the shift to renewable energy and digital devices going to free us from severe pollution, material shortages, and military tensions? Rare metals are essential to electric vehicles, fighter jets, wind turbines, and solar panels, and also to our smartphones, computers, tablets, and other everyday connected objects.

But consumers know very little about how they are mined and traded, or the environmental, economic, and geopolitical costs of this dependence. This book reveals the dark side of the world that awaits us. It is an undercover tale of a technological odyssey that has promised much, and a look behind the scenes.

Behind it all lurks China, which has captured the lion’s share of the ownership and processing of rare metals we now can’t do without. Drawing on six years of research across a dozen countries, this book shows that by breaking free of fossil fuels, we are in fact setting ourselves up for a new dependenceon rare metals that have become vital to our new ecological and digital society.

12. Manual for Survival: An Environmental History of the Chernobyl Disaster

Author: by Kate Brown
Published at: W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint edition (March 17, 2020)
ISBN: 978-0393357769

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Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Nonfiction Winner of the Reginald Zelnik Book Prize in History and the Marshall D. Shulman Book Prize “A magisterial blend of historical research, investigative journalism, and poetic reportage[A]n awe-inspiring journey.” EconomistAfter the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986, international aid organizations sought to help the victims but were stymied by post-Soviet political roadblocks.

Efforts to gain access to the site of catastrophic radiation damage were denied, and the residents of Chernobyl were given no answers as their lives hung in the balance. Drawing on a decade of archival research and on-the-ground interviews in Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus, Kate Brown unveils the full breadth of the devastation and the whitewash that followed.

Her findings make clear the irreversible impact of man-made radioactivity on every living thing; and hauntingly, they force us to confront the untold legacy of decades of weapons-testing and other catastrophic nuclear incidents.

13. Revolutionary Power: An Activist's Guide to the Energy Transition

Author: by Shalanda Baker
Published at: Island Press (January 14, 2021)
ISBN: 978-1642830675

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In September 2017, Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, completely upending the energy grid of the small island. The nearly year-long power outage that followed vividly shows how the new climate reality intersects with race and access to energy. The island is home to brown and black US citizens who lack the political power of those living in the continental US.

As the world continues to warm and storms like Maria become more commonplace, it is critical that we rethink our current energy system to enable reliable, locally produced, and locally controlled energy without replicating the current structures of power and control.

In Revolutionary Power, Shalanda Baker arms those made most vulnerable by our current energy system with the tools they need to remake the system in the service of their humanity. She argues that people of color, poor people, and indigenous people must engage in the creation of the new energy system in order to upend the unequal power dynamics of the current system.

14. The Future of Energy: The 2021 guide to the energy transition – renewable energy, energy technology, sustainability, hydrogen and more.

Author: by Mr John Armstrong
Published at: Energy Technology Publishing (February 4, 2021)
ISBN: 978-1838388607

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The Future of Energy 2021 Edition The guide to sustainability, renewable energy, climate change and the energy transition. The ‘Future of Energy’ is written to be accessible for anyone interested in learning more about energy. Substantially updated in 2021 to reflect the impact of Covid-19 on the world of energy, the book takes the reader through a future for energy generation, transportation, and utilisation.

Concise and comprehensive, the book brings together discussion on energy and thoughts on the range of topics which form the fulcrum of the challenges ahead of us including climate change, hydrogen, heat, sustainability, and renewable energy. Written to spark ideas, discussion and debate the Future of Energy’ engages the reader in the future challenges and opportunities of this hugely exciting and important field.

Background There exists a huge range of information on the energy transition’ with competing technologies and theories vying for supremacy. It is easy to fall into the trap of believing there is an easy answer or silver bullet’ to the huge challenges we face.

15. Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil

Author: by Timothy Mitchell
Published at: Verso; 1st edition (June 25, 2013)
ISBN: 978-1781681169

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Does oil wealth lead to political poverty? It often looks that way, but Carbon Democracy tells a more complex story. In this magisterial study, Timothy Mitchell rethinks the history of energy, bringing into his grasp as he does so environmental politics, the struggle for democracy, and the place of the Middle East in the modern world.

With the rise of coal power, the producers who oversaw its production acquired the ability to shut down energy systems, a threat they used to build the first mass democracies. Oil offered the West an alternative, and with it came a new form of politics.

Oil created a denatured political life whose central object the economy appeared capable of infinite growth. What followed was a Western democracy dependent on an undemocratic Middle East. We now live with the consequences: an impoverished political practice, incapable of addressing the crises that threaten to end the age of carbon democracy namely, the disappearance of cheap energy and the carbon-fueled collapse of the ecological order.

16. Shorting the Grid: The Hidden Fragility of Our Electric Grid

Author: by Meredith Angwin
Published at: Carnot Communications (October 19, 2020)
ISBN: 978-0989119085

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When rolling blackouts come to the electric grid, they will be old news to the grid insiders. Only the electricity customers will be surprised. Grid insiders know how fragile the grid is becoming. Unfortunately, they have no incentive to solve the problems because near-misses increase their profits.

Meredith Angwin describes how closed meetings, arcane auction rules, and five-minute planning horizons will topple the reliability of our electric grid. Shorting the Grid shines light on our vulnerable grid. It also suggests actions that can support the grid that supports all of us.