Smart Power: Climate Change, the Smart Grid, and the Future of Electric Utilities, explains the challenges facing the utility industry in entertaining, easily understood prose. It also presents a bold vision for a sustainable power industry for the 21st century -€“ an industry that operates a clean, smart system and places energy efficiency and customer empowerment at the core of its new mission.

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Among the hundreds of books about potential U.S. climate policies, only Smart Power covers all of the major electricity policy topics in a single text and in language everyone can understand: climate, energy efficiency, smart grid, transmission, renewable energy, and energy regulation. Several universities and colleges have utilized Smart Power as a required text for classes.



"Many commentators have argued that the global energy system will change more in the next decade than it has in the last century.  To navigate this complex terrain, you couldn't ask for a better guide than Dr. Peter Fox-Penner.  In his book Smart Power, Dr. Fox-Penner provides a fascinating account of how new technologies, policies, and business models may create a more secure, intelligent, and sustainable energy system.  Policymakers, business leaders, and the general public all have a huge stake in this transformation, and have much to learn from Fox-Penner's insights."

- Dan Vermeer

Executive Director of Duke University's Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment (EDGE)

“The students told us that your video conference was one of the highlights of the course, and that you are a class act. We couldn't agree more.”

-Catherine Keske

Adjunct Professor, Denver University Sturm College of Law

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Due to the popularity of Smart Power as an educational resource for students of environmental studies, public policy, and business strategy, Peter Fox-Penner has developed a study guide to accompany the Smart Power text. This comprehensive study guide contains summaries, exam questions, and discussion questions. Power point presentations are also available for professors.  Several universities have also requested guest lectures or author presentations, including:

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Energy Initiative
  • Stanford University's Precourt Energy Efficiency Center
  • George Washington University's Law School

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