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The Bookshelf: Aug. 24, 2016

In this week's Bookshelf, our content partner Kirkus Reviews highlights The Grid.

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THE GRID: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future

by Gretchen Bakke

In her debut, Bakke describes the grid as far more than towers and wires. It is "a machine, an infrastructure, a cultural artifact, a set of business practices, and an ecology," the result of a Progressive-era combination of business incentives and government regulation, designed for the exact opposite of 21st-century needs. ... Bakke's analysis is confident and evenhanded; she delivers harsh judgments equally on myopic utility companies, uncomprehending legislators and regulators, and simplistic advocates of renewable energy production for poor planning, lack of vision, and failure to anticipate the consequences of their actions. ... A lively analysis of the challenges renewables present to the production and distribution of electricity.

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