The Power Brokers by Jeremiah D. Lambert audiobook

The Power Brokers: The Struggle to Shape and Control the Electric Power Industry

By Jeremiah D. Lambert
Read by Joe Barrett

Blackstone Publishing 9780262029506
11.30 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
  • $22.95
    or 1 Credit

    ISBN: 9781504660327

    $12.99 With Membership: Learn More
  • $6.95

    ISBN: 9781504660303

  • $34.95

    ISBN: 9781504660341

  • $29.95

    ISBN: 9781504660358

For more than a century, the interplay between private, investor-owned electric utilities and government regulators has shaped the electric power industry in the United States. Provision of an essential service to largely dependent consumers invited government oversight and ever more sophisticated market intervention. The industry has sought to manage, co-opt, and profit from government regulation. In The Power Brokers, Jeremiah Lambert maps this complex interaction from the late nineteenth century to the present day. Lambert’s narrative focuses on seven important industry players: Samuel Insull, the principal industry architect and prime mover; David Lilienthal, chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), who waged a desperate battle for market share; Don Hodel, who presided over the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) in its failed attempt to launch a multiplant nuclear power program; Paul Joskow, the MIT economics professor who foresaw a restructured and competitive electric power industry; Enron’s Ken Lay, master of political influence and market-rigging; Amory Lovins, a pioneer proponent of sustainable power; and Jim Rogers, head of Duke Energy, a giant coal-fired utility threatened by decarbonization. Lambert tells how Insull built an empire in a regulatory vacuum and how the government entered the electricity marketplace by making cheap hydropower available through the TVA. He describes the failed overreach of the BPA, the rise of competitive electricity markets, Enron’s market manipulation, Lovins’ radical vision of a decentralized industry powered by renewables, and Rogers’ remarkable effort to influence cap-and-trade legislation. Lambert shows how the power industry has sought to use regulatory change to preserve or secure market dominance and how rogue players have gamed imperfectly restructured electricity markets. Integrating regulation and competition in this industry has proven a difficult experiment.

Learn More
Membership Details
  • Only $12.99/month gets you 1 Credit/month
  • Cancel anytime
  • Hate a book? Then we do too, and we'll exchange it.
See how it works in 15 seconds

Summary

Summary

For more than a century, the interplay between private, investor-owned electric utilities and government regulators has shaped the electric power industry in the United States. Provision of an essential service to largely dependent consumers invited government oversight and ever more sophisticated market intervention. The industry has sought to manage, co-opt, and profit from government regulation. In The Power Brokers, Jeremiah Lambert maps this complex interaction from the late nineteenth century to the present day.

Lambert’s narrative focuses on seven important industry players: Samuel Insull, the principal industry architect and prime mover; David Lilienthal, chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), who waged a desperate battle for market share; Don Hodel, who presided over the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) in its failed attempt to launch a multiplant nuclear power program; Paul Joskow, the MIT economics professor who foresaw a restructured and competitive electric power industry; Enron’s Ken Lay, master of political influence and market-rigging; Amory Lovins, a pioneer proponent of sustainable power; and Jim Rogers, head of Duke Energy, a giant coal-fired utility threatened by decarbonization. Lambert tells how Insull built an empire in a regulatory vacuum and how the government entered the electricity marketplace by making cheap hydropower available through the TVA. He describes the failed overreach of the BPA, the rise of competitive electricity markets, Enron’s market manipulation, Lovins’ radical vision of a decentralized industry powered by renewables, and Rogers’ remarkable effort to influence cap-and-trade legislation.

Lambert shows how the power industry has sought to use regulatory change to preserve or secure market dominance and how rogue players have gamed imperfectly restructured electricity markets. Integrating regulation and competition in this industry has proven a difficult experiment.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This book is a treasure trove of information about the development of our present-day electrical world in the US from its very beginnings in the immediate post-Edison era.” Michael Brian Schiffer, author of Power Struggles: Scientific Authority and the Creation of Practical Electricity Before Edison
“In The Power Brokers, Lambert develops an exquisite case for viewing the construction of state regulatory regimes as a fundamental activity in the creation of the electric power industry. He masterfully shows that the history of deregulation in the power sector was in fact the insertion of a regulated market into the power generation and distribution system. Indeed, Lambert’s book—presented in a wonderfully accessible biographical and straightforward historical style—is truly radical.” David C. Brock, senior research fellow, Center for Contemporary History and Policy, Chemical Heritage Foundation
“It’s imperative for the new generation of energy entrepreneurs to make sense of the forces that shaped today’s electricity system. Bravo to Jeremiah Lambert for providing both an intriguing and compelling narrative and giving the reader a fighting chance to understand its complex history through the larger-than-life players that shaped it.” H. James Koehler, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Reviews

Reviews

Author

Author Bio: Jeremiah D. Lambert

Author Bio: Jeremiah D. Lambert

Jeremiah D. Lambert is a lawyer in Washington, DC, whose practice focuses on clients in the energy business. He is the author of Energy Companies and Market Reform: How Deregulation Went Wrong and Creating Competitive Power Markets: The PJM Model. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University and a member of Phi Beta Kappa, was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Copenhagen, and is a graduate of Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal.

Titles by Author

Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Political Science
Runtime: 11.30
Audience: Adult
Language: English