The Electric Industry Explained

What do most people know about electricity? They know that when they flip a switch electricity makes their lights go on. They know that they need electricity to run their computers and appliances. And they know that their cell phones will not work unless they are charged with electricity. 

But what if they wanted to better understand the details of the electricity crises that are in the news? Crises like the potential for cyber-attacks on the electric grid; or the risks of the aging electric infrastructure; or the impact of fossil fuel generation on climate change.

They might search out resources that explain electricity and its delivery. But those resources are likely to be filled with technical terms like Ohms and Watts and Volts. What they really need is a resource with simple, easy to understand explanations of electricity, the electric industry and the issues that now face that industry. They need something that explains the electric industry.

My name is I. David Rosenstein and I worked as a consulting engineer and attorney in the electric industry for 40 years. At various times during my career I worked for utility customers, Rural Electric Cooperatives, traditional investor owned regulated utilities and deregulated power generation companies.

I created this blog to provide simple explanations of different aspects of the electric industry. I have also included a page of industry tutorials that organize the posts into descriptions of the past, present and future of the industry. Those tutorials include sets of study questions that test the reader’s understanding of the presented material.

I would like this blog to be as useful as possible. While I already have a long list of subjects that I intend to cover, I would appreciate any suggestions that readers may have for subjects that they would like to see addressed.