EBA Book Club

Have you joined yet? The Energy Bar Association has formed a Book Club! Every EBA Member is invited join for any or all quarterly sessions of the EBA Book Club. Let this be your inspiration to read, at your own pace, industry-related literature and discuss, ask questions, share perspectives and debate the book's themes and conclusions with other EBA Members.
 
The EBA Book Club has both virtual and physical platforms to interact with other members.

Virtually, the EBA Book Club will meet under "Energy Bar Association Book Club" at www.goodreads.com! The prior EBABC platform (bookclubit.com) recently unexpectedly went out of business, thus it has become necessary to find a new home. Regrettably, this also means each EBABC member will need to register for the new site, but registration is free and should only take a few seconds. Once registered, join the group “Energy Bar Association Book Club.” The group’s home page features details of the upcoming Happy Hour to network and discuss the “Book of the Quarter.”

Email and questions or comments to EBABCModerator@gmail.com, and please help spread the word to other members or potential members. Thank you! EBABC ModeratorEnergy Bar Association Book Club Newsflash

Presenting the 4Q, 2014 EBA Book Club Book of the Quarter:

Smart Power Anniversary Edition: Climate Change, the Smart Grid, and the Future of Electric Utilities

By Peter Fox-Penner

From the Book Jacket:
Few industries in the U.S. are as stuck in the past as our utilities are. In the face of growing challenges from climate change and the need for energy security, a system and a business model that each took more than a century to evolve must now be extensively retooled in the span of a few decades. Despite the need, many of the technologies and institutions needed are still being designed or tested. It is like rebuilding our entire airplane fleet, along with our runways and air traffic control system, while the planes are all up in the air filled with passengers.

In this accessible and insightful book, Peter Fox-Penner considers how utilities interact with customers and how the Smart Grid could revolutionize their relationship. Turning to the supply side, he considers the costs of, and tradeoffs between, large-scale power sources such as coal plants and small-scale power sources close to customers. Finally, he looks at how utilities can respond to all of these challenges and remain viable, while financing hundreds of billions of dollars of investment without much of an increase in sales.

Upon publication, Smart Power was praised as an instant classic on the future of energy utilities. This Anniversary Edition includes up-to-date assessments of the industry by such leading energy experts as Daniel Estes and Jim Rogers, as well as a new afterword from the author. Anyone who is interested in our energy future will appreciate the clear explanations and the in-depth analysis it offers.

Join EBA Book Club:

Every EBA Member is invited join for any or all quarterly sessions of the EBA Book Club. Let this be your  inspiration to read industry-related literature at your own pace and discuss, ask questions, share perspectives and debate the book’s themes and conclusions with other EBA Members.

The EBA Book Club has both virtual and physical platforms to interact with other members. Virtually, the EBA Book Club will meet under “Energy Bar Association Book Club” at Goodreads.com. Details follow:

Virtual EBA Book Club:  Please join the online EBA Book Club forum at www.goodreads.com (free registration required). Once you create an account, search for and join the Group “Energy Bar Association Book Club.”

EBA Book Club Live:  !!! SAVE THE DATE !!!
On November 20, 2014, Wall Street Journal reporter and famed author of the 3Q, 2014 Book of the Quarter Steven Mufson will join us live to discuss Keystone XL: Down the Line and other energy news. Details to follow in EBA Insights!
If you have not yet read the 3Q Book, there is still time! It is a short eBook available for download at major online book stores.

Coming Attractions:  Look for the 1Q, 2015 Book of the Quarter in the next edition of EBA Update!

Book recommendations are welcome – please email any suggestions to the Book Club Moderator at: EBABCModerator@gmail.com.

Happy reading!