The Transformation of Electrical Power: Key Issues


Dawson B. Munoz (Editor)

Series: Energy Science, Engineering and Technology, Energy Policies, Politics and Prices
BISAC: TEC031030

This book examines the electric power industry which is in a transformation process. The electricity infrastructure of the United States is aging, and uncertainty exists around how to modernize the grid, and what technologies and fuels will be used to produce electricity in the future. Unresolved questions of transmission and reliability of the grid are arising from potential cybersecurity threats and continuing interest in harnessing renewable energy and other low carbon sources of electricity. Concerns about reliability and electricity prices are being complicated by new environmental regulations and the rising availability of natural gas for the production of electric power from unconventional resources such as gas shales. Congress will likely be faced with policy issues regarding how the modernization of this vital industry will unfold. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Electrical Power: Overview of Congressional Issues
(Richard J. Campbell, CRS)

Prospects for Coal in Electric Power and Industry
(Richard J. Campbell, Peter Folger, Phillip Brown, CRS)

U.S. Renewable Electricity Generation: Resources and Challenges
(Phillip Brown, Gene Whitney, CRS)

The Smart Grid and Cybersecurity — Regulatory Policy and Issues
(Richard J. Campbell, CRS)

Weather-Related Power Outages and Electric System Resiliency
(Richard J. Campbell, CRS)

EPA’s Utility MACT: Will the Lights Go Out?
(James E. McCarthy, CRS)

Nuclear Energy: Overview of Congressional Issues
(Mark Holt, CRS)

Fuel Used in Electricity Generation is Projected to Shift Over the Next 25 Years
(U.S. Energy Information Administration)


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