Jesse's fall reading list: new books on smart grid, clean tech, solar and more




By Jesse Berst


Every so often I come across books I think are important for SGN readers to know about. Today we're highlighting several just-released titles that may interest you. And I'd also invite you to use the Talk Back comment form at the bottom of the page to tell us about books you've read recently that you believe would be of interest to other readers.



Clean Tech Nation: How the U.S. Can Lead in the New Global Economy

-- by Ron Pernick and Clint Wilder


Of particular interest to a utility audience will be the chapter on "The Biggest Clean-Tech Developments Reshaping the World,” which includes a major trend on the utility of the future, another on vehicle electrification, and yet another on deep retrofits and efficiency. Each of these trends has a major component that impact utilities and those that serve them.


The book also has chapters that focus on the global landscape for clean tech, and hones in on cities and states. And it wraps up with a Seven Point Action Plan for Repowering America.


Pernick and Wilder are both with the clean-tech research and advisory firm Clean Edge and have coauthored two other books on clean-tech. Buy the book from Amazon >>


Smart Grid Infrastructure & Networking (Kindle edition)

-- by Krzysztof Iniewski


With contributions from more than 30 experts, this guide describes cutting-edge technologies for connecting the electrical power infrastructure to modern, computerized communications networks. The book offers information on standardization, applications, protocols, automation, architecture and management. Key topics such as bidirectional communication, automation, renewable energy integration, wireless sensor networks, and more are discussed.


Iniewski manages R&D developments at Redlen Technologies, a manufacturer of high resolution Cadmium Zinc Telluride (CZT) semiconductors in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, and is also executive director of CMOS Emerging Technologies Inc. Buy the ebook from Amazon >>


THE NEW NEW DEAL: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era

-- by Michael Grunwald


Normally we recommend technical books in this space. In this case, however, the book is not about technology but about policy - more specifically, about the factors that shaped the Obama stimulus bill, including its smart grid provisions. The author is a celebrated journalist who attended a number of inside meetings and interviewed more than 400 sources to create a book that Publishers Weekly called "carefully documented... elegantly explained... mammoth in scope. The result is an impressive book about the startling gap between facts and media spin."


Since the smart grid stories take up only 20 to 30 pages of this large tome, we can't recommend this book solely for its smart grid insights. But if you have interest in its overall topic, I guarantee you'll be fascinated by the smart grid tidbits. Did you know, for instance, that Obama at one time wanted to spend not just a few billion dollars, but more than $100 billion on the smart grid to make it his version of the transcontinental railroad or the interstate highway system? Buy the book from Amazon >>


Here are three other recent releases you may find interesting:

· Global Energy Assessment: Toward a Sustainable Future  - by the Global Energy Assessment Writing Team

· Rooftop Revolution: How Solar Power Can Save Our Economy-and Our Planet-from Dirty Energy - by Danny Kennedy

· Smart Grid Dictionary: 4th Edition - by Christine Herzog (Kindle eBook)


PS, a shameless plug: If you want something totally off-topic that's from the fiction world, consider Ponytail Guy, a fun read set in Seattle's software industry. It's written by SGN Managing Editor Liz Enbysk and available as a Kindle eBook for just $2.99.


More on books from the SGN archives...

Jesse's holiday guide to smart grid books

Andy's exceedingly short 2011 energy security book list

Jesse's summer reading list (including the best book yet about the smart grid)

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Jesse Berst is the founder and chief analyst of Smart Grid, the industry's oldest and largest smart grid site. A frequent keynoter at industry events in the U.S. and abroad, he also serves on advisory committees for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Institute for Electric Efficiency. He often provides strategic consulting to large corporations and venture-backed startups. He is a member of the advisory boards of GridGlo and Calico Energy Services.