Renewable Energy Resilience

Nanogrids, Microgrids and Virtual Power Plants

Expert on new energy business models such as nanogrids, microgrids and virtual power plants, covering cutting edge energy and environmental issues for over 25 years.

New Book from University of California Press!

My fourth book on energy and environmental issues was just released by the University of California Press. Entitled Introduction to Energy in California, this 400-page plus book is unlike any of my previous books: Reaping The Wind; Reinventing Electric Utilities and In Search of Environmental Excellence.

Why is it different?

First off, I was not only the author, but the Art Program manager. What that means is that I was responsible for selecting and gaining permission to use over 90 photographs, 42 line illustrations, 18 maps and 8 Tables. The book features historical photos, many of them from Pacific Gas & Electric and Chevron, featuring early hydroelectric innovations in the Sierra Nevada foothills as well as early oil development in southern California.

The other aspect that is different is that this is a science-based reference book. No need to preach to the choir. Let's try to look at energy in a comprehensive and non-politicized way.The theme that runs through the book is that California has always gone out on a limb and embraced nearly every energy source with wild-eyed enthusiasm.

Part I begins with the history of energy in California. Parts II and III explores the pros and cons of all energy sources -- oil, nuclear and renewables -- everything. Part IV looks at challenges, including birds and and wind power and lack of safe storage site for nuclear waste. , Part V looks at solutions, including the need for a more nimble, intelligent power grid. Part VI describes a few California experiments that are showing the way, things like cool roof technologies and better planning of zero energy buildings and communities in the future.

 The Foreward of the book was written by Art Rosenfeld, the father of energy efficiency and a Commissioner at the California Energy Commission. The Afterword was written by Arthur O' Donnell, executive director of the Center for Resource Solutions. O' Donnell is the fellow I blame for getting me into this world of energy by hiring me in 1987 to cover Sacramento and the battle over the Rancho Seco nuclear power plant in 1987 for the national energy trade press.

A bonus in the book is that O' Donnell has included a map of Highway 58, which he has dubbed "Power Road," because virtually every type of electricity source can be found on or near this road which cuts east/west across southern California just north of Los Angeles.

I will soon post the times and details concerning upcoming talks throughout California through the summer and fall. In the mean time, you can order the book by going to this website:




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