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The power brokers : the struggle to shape and control the electric power industry

Author: Jeremiah D Lambert
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts ; London, England : The MIT Press, [2015] ©2015
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"For more than a century, the interplay between private, investor-owned electric utilities and government regulators has shaped the electric power industry in the United States. Provision of an essential service to largely dependent consumers invited government oversight and ever more sophisticated market intervention. The industry has sought to manage, co-opt, and profit from government regulation. In The Power  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Ressources Internet
History
Additional Physical Format: Version imprimée :
Lambert, Jeremiah D., 1934-
Power brokers
(DLC) 2015008766
(OCoLC)905970086
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jeremiah D Lambert
ISBN: 0262330989 9780262330985 9780262330978 0262330970 9780262529785 0262529785
OCLC Number: 952553270
Description: 1 ressource en ligne (xiv, 379 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Samuel Insull, architect and prime builder of the electric utility business in the United States --
David Lilienthal and the era of public power --
Bonneville Power: overreach and disaster --
Paul Joskow and the intellectual blueprint for industry reform --
Ken Lay: competition betrayed --
Amory Lovins: prophet of a new order --
Jim Rogers and the politics of accommodation.
Responsibility: Jeremiah D. Lambert.

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How the interplay between government regulation and the private sector has shaped the electric industry, from its nineteenth-century origins to twenty-first-century market restructuring.  Read more...

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Lambert's The Power Brokers: The Struggle to Shape and Control the Electric Power Industry, is a splendid overview of the history of the power business in the U.S.-Power Magazine

 
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