Take a view from the top - and gain a greater understanding of one of America' most complex industries. In the second edition of this bestseller, Denise Warkentin-Glenn presents in everyday language the nuances, history, and recent developments of the electric power industry. This new version includes updated information on utilities, merchant plants, rural cooperatives, government entities and more. It also has new chapters covering the 2005 Energy Policy Act, environmental standards, and updates to industry mergers and acquisitions. This important edition gives a comprehensive look at our country's most critical economic driver.It looks at the impacts of new regulation. It gives simple and clear explanation of generation, transmission and governance. It shows how cleaner fuels and new technology are transforming the industry. It covers the newest environmental standards.
Denise Warkentin-Glenn has been involved in researching and writing on the electric power industry for 12 years, and formerly served as managing editor of PennWell's Electric Light & Power and Energy Marketing magazines. In addition to Electric Power Industry in Nontechnical Language Glenn also wrote Energy Marketing Handbook: A Nontechnical Guide. She also worked for six years in marketing, sales, and communication capacities at an electric utility in Oklahoma. She resides in northeast Oklahoma with her husband and son.
Part I: The Core Technical Competencies in the Electric Utility Industry; 1. Power Generation; Introduction; Generation Resources; Generation Efficiency and Capacity; The Generation Process; Electricity Production Methods; Generation and the Role of Fuel Diversity; New Technologies; 2. Power Transmission and Distribution; The Bulk Power Transmission System; Transmission and Distribution Components; New Technologies; Part II: The Formation and Reformation of the Electric Utility Industry; 3. The Beginning of the Electric Utility Industry; The Early History Behind the Industry; Major Players; Technology in the Making; 4. The Electric Utility Industry as a Regulated Entity; Regulation Defined; The Early Years of Regulation; State Public Utility Commissions; Federal Regulatory Entities; Federal Laws Loosen their Grip; 5. Restructuring, Standards, and Accountability; The Driving Forces Behind Competition; The Role of FERC; North American Electric Reliability Council; The Advent of the ISO and RTO; States Respond to Changes; Part III: Emerging Issues and Trends; 6. The Energy Policy Act of 2005; Legislative Overview; Power Delivery; Provisions Specific to Rural Electric Cooperatives; Tax Implications; Energy Production Tax Credits; PUHCA Repeal: 70 Years of Structure Comes to an End; 7. Transmission, Technology, and the Pursuit of Reliability; Transmission System Status; Transmission System Constraints; Security and System Stability; Cyber Security; The Role of Broadband Over Power Lines; Transmission System Upgrades; 8. Environmental Standards and Issues; Clean Air Rules; Clean Air Interstate Rule; Mercury Rule; Ozone Rules; Fine Particle Rules; Ultra-Clean Power Plants; 9. The Electric Utility Industry as a Business Enterprise; Mergers and Acquisitions; Energy Service Companies Rise to the Occasion; Conclusion.