Power After Carbon: Building a Clean, Resilient Grid

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Harvard University Press
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5.9 X 8.4 X 1.7 inches | 1.4 pounds

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About the Author

Peter Fox-Penner is Director of Boston University's Institute for Sustainable Energy and Professor in BU's Questrom School of Business, Chief Strategy Officer for Energy Impact Partners, and an advisor and former chairman of The Brattle Group. He previously served as a senior official in the US Department of Energy and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. His published works include the widely acclaimed Smart Power.


Power after Carbon calls to attention the dramatic changes in the electric power sector over the last decade. Fox-Penner leads us on a serious exploration of the various technologies, fuels, and system designs that transcend easy fixes to today's challenges and opportunities: the drive for net zero carbon emissions; the rise of wind and solar; and the emphasis on both reliability and resilience.--Ernest Moniz, former US Secretary of Energy
In Power after Carbon, Fox-Penner uses his options framework to address the energy industry's advances over the last decade. This excellent book will be particularly valuable to industry leaders, policymakers, and other stakeholders as we design the paths forward for our companies, and the customers and communities we serve.--Robert Rowe, President and CEO, Northwestern Energy
The rapid transition to 100 percent clean energy generation requires not only political will, but also an understanding of the difficult choices that decision makers and advocates must address. This book clearly and comprehensively explains the decisions that must be made, the steps that must be taken, and the interactions between policy and technology judgments that must be understood. It is a must-read if we are to succeed in this critical task.--Ken Berlin, President and CEO, The Climate Reality Project
It is increasingly clear that climate change is the central issue of this century, yet global emissions continue to rise. On paper, decarbonizing the electric system is the easy part, but in the real world, it's not so simple. In Power after Carbon, Peter Fox-Penner tackles the many thorny questions that arise, presenting a vision for how change is possible, if we rise to the occasion.--Jeremy Grantham, Cofounder and Chief Investment Strategist, Grantham, Mayo & van Otterloo
Peter Fox-Penner is among the world's most respected and admired electricity experts--deeply informed, astute, and wise. This clear and engaging distillation of his insights will enlighten and stimulate readers in all sectors and at all levels.--Amory B. Lovins, Cofounder and Chairman Emeritus, Rocky Mountain Institute
As the world sits on the precipice of an energy transformation, Power after Carbon provides a detailed look at the technology and policy challenges we will need to confront on the way to a fully clean grid. Even though the scope of the change is immense, Fox-Penner deftly paints a clear vision of what is possible, making this book an essential resource for anyone looking to understand what comes next in our energy future.--Alicia Barton, President and CEO, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Peter Fox-Penner has once again written a book that captures the zeitgeist of the electric utility industry at a pivotal moment. How we decarbonize the US power supply and incorporate new technologies, while still providing reliable and affordable electric service, is a daunting task. Power after Carbon lays out both the challenges and possible paths forward in a clear and cogent way, and should be required reading for anyone who wants to understand this industry.--Sue Kelly, former President and CEO, American Public Power Association
Clearly written, assiduously researched, and never fantastical, Power after Carbon is a delight-filled primer for how to overhaul our electricity grid for the twenty-first century. If Fox-Penner can imagine and explain a carbon free system, then surely we can conceive of a way to build it!--Gretchen Bakke, author of The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future
Fox-Penner does it again! This unique, timely, and invaluable addition to the canon confronts our powerlessness before the 'Almighty Grid' and organizes our collective thinking in the wider field. A must-read for anyone interested in the energy transition that will affect us all.--Malik Dahlan, Chair of International Law and Public Policy, Energy Law Institute, Queen Mary University of London
If you're serious about climate policy, read this book.--Joseph Romm, author of Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know