By Gretchen Bakke
America’s electric grid, an engineering triumph of the 20th century, is popping out to be a bad healthy for the current. It’s not only that the grid has grown outdated and is now in dire want of easy fix. this present day, as we make investments nice wish in new strength sources--solar, wind, and different alternatives--the grid is what stands such a lot firmly within the approach of a brighter strength destiny. If we are hoping to achieve this destiny, we have to re-imagine the grid in response to twenty-first-century values. It’s a venture which forces visionaries to paintings with bureaucrats, legislators with storm-flattened groups, moneymen with hippies, and the left with the ideal. And although it could actually now not but be noticeable, this revolution is already good less than way.
Cultural anthropologist Gretchen Bakke unveils the various aspects of America's strength infrastructure, its so much dynamic moments and its so much solid ones, and its crucial position in own and nationwide lifestyles. The grid, she argues, is an primarily American artifact, one that built with us: a fabricated from daring growth, the occasional foolhardy imaginative and prescient, a few genius applied sciences, and relentless improvisation. such a lot of all, her concentration is on how americans are altering the grid right away, occasionally with gumption and massive desires and infrequently with laws or the brandishing of guns.
The Grid tells--entertainingly, perceptively--the tale of what has been referred to as “the biggest computing device within the world”: its attention-grabbing heritage, its not easy current, and its capability function in a brighter, purifier future.