EBA Book Club

The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future

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.”

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Presenting the Fall 2017 EBA Book Club Book:

The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future

By Gretchen Bakke

From the Book Jacket:

 America's electrical grid, an engineering triumph of the twentieth century, is turning out to be a poor fit for the present. It's not just that the grid has grown old and is now in dire need of basic repair. Today, as we invest great hope in new energy sources--solar, wind, and other alternatives--the grid is what stands most firmly in the way of a brighter energy future. If we hope to realize this future, we need to reimagine the grid according to twenty-first-century values. It's a project which forces visionaries to work with bureaucrats, legislators with storm-flattened communities, moneymen with hippies, and the left with the right. And though it might not yet be obvious, this revolution is already well under way.

Cultural anthropologist Gretchen Bakke unveils the many facets of America's energy infrastructure, its most dynamic moments and its most stable ones, and its essential role in personal and national life. The grid, she argues, is an essentially American artifact, one which developed with us: a product of bold expansion, the occasional foolhardy vision, some genius technologies, and constant improvisation. Most of all, her focus is on how Americans are changing the grid right now, sometimes with gumption and big dreams and sometimes with legislation or the brandishing of guns.

The Grid tells--entertainingly, perceptively--the story of what has been called "the largest machine in the world": its fascinating history, its problematic present, and its potential role in a brighter, cleaner future.
 

Join EBA Book Club:

Every EBA Member is invited to join for any or all of the biannual 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 !!!

When: Sunday, October 15, 2017

Time: 6:00 PM

Where: Presidents Sports Bar & Grille, located off the main lobby (and behind the bar) of the Renaissance Downtown Hotel, 999 Ninth Street N.W., Washington, DC 20001 (the site of the 2017 EBA Mid-Year Energy Forum, which will commence the following morning).

Cost: FREE! (Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase at the bar.)

What: Join the Energy Bar Association Book Club for a networking event and discussion of The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future

Attendance is FREE, and there will be lots of time for relaxed networking with members in town for the 2017 Mid-Year Energy Forum.  All are welcome – even if you have not read the Fall/Winter 2017 Book!

Coming Attractions:Look for the EBA Book Club’s selection for Spring/Summer 2018 in the EBA Update!

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

Happy reading!