Power after Carbon: Press & Reviews


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Press Release

“Peter Fox-Penner is the godfather in this area.”
– Vox, Reimagining Electric Utilities for the 21st Century

“The new book Power After Carbon by @PeterFoxPenner is the best resource I’ve seen to understanding everything about how the grid needs to evolve to supply low-carbon, affordable and reliable power.” @JasonBordoff, Professor and Founding Director, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University

  • The Energy Gang, Power after Carbon
  • EnergyWire, Biden Lays Foundation for Energy Overhaul
  • Financial Times, Energy Grids Target Upgrades for Zero Carbon Transition
  • Texas Public Radio: The Source, Grid Failures, Green Energy And A Growing Climate Crisis: What’s The Future Of Electric Power In The U.S., Texas?
  • NBC News, Why Texas’ Energy Grid Is Unable to Handle the Winter Storms
  • E&E News, Federal Fine Print Could Trip Biden’s Bold Energy Plan
  • E&E News, Biden’s Orders and DOE: What to Know
  • Utility Dive, ‘No Compelling Reason Not To’: Former FERC Chairs, Commissioners Call for Federal Transmission Overhaul
  • E&E News, What Biden’s ‘Climate Day’ Means for 100% Clean Electricity
  • Financial Times, US Power Players Weigh Carbon Pricing
  • E&E News, Moniz, Trumka Promote Energy Jobs Plan
  • Regulation, In Review: A Menu for What Challenges the Grid
  • Financial Times, The US and Climate: New York’s Bold Green Plans Hit Opposition
  • The Climate Champions podcast, Peter Fox-Penner, Author, Smart Power & Power After Carbon, Chief Strategy Officer, Energy Impact Partners
  • The Atlantic, Who Killed the Supergrid?
  • Columbia Energy Exchange podcast, Power after Carbon
  • Vox.com, David Roberts at @drvox
  • EEnergy Informer: The International Energy Newsletter, Book Review: Power after Carbon
  • Bloomberg Law, INSIGHT: Will AI Increase or Decrease Power Grid Efficiency?
  • CNN-News18, How the Covid-19 Pandemic Will Impact Global Transition to Renewable Energy
  • Boston University Panel, Environmental Impact of COVID-19: Sustainable Energy, Climate, and Societal Shifts
  • The Boston Globe, This Crisis Provides a Very Green Opportunity
  • The Conversation, COVID-19 Will Slow the Global Shift to Renewable Energy, but Can’t Stop It
  • The Freeing Energy Podcast, Dr. Peter Fox-Penner – What Must Change to Move Our Electric Power System Beyond Carbon?
  • Power after Carbon Reviews:

    Power after Carbon calls to attention the dramatic changes in the electric power sector over the last decade. Fox-Penner leads us on a serious exploration of the various technologies, fuels, and system designs that transcend easy fixes to today’s challenges and opportunities: the drive for net zero carbon emissions; the rise of wind and solar; and the emphasis on both reliability and resilience.”—Ernest Moniz, former US Secretary of Energy

    “Peter Fox-Penner is among the world’s most respected and admired electricity experts—deeply informed, astute, and wise. This clear and engaging distillation of his insights will enlighten and stimulate readers in all sectors and at all levels.”—Amory B. Lovins, Cofounder and Chairman Emeritus, Rocky Mountain Institute

    “Clearly written, assiduously researched, and never fantastical, Power after Carbon is a delight-filled primer for how to overhaul our electricity grid for the twenty-first century. If Fox-Penner can imagine and explain a carbon free system, then surely we can conceive of a way to build it!”—Gretchen Bakke, author of The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future

    “Peter Fox-Penner has once again written a book that captures the zeitgeist of the electric utility industry at a pivotal moment. How we decarbonize the US power supply and incorporate new technologies, while still providing reliable and affordable electric service, is a daunting task. Power after Carbon lays out both the challenges and possible paths forward in a clear and cogent way, and should be required reading for anyone who wants to understand this industry.”—Sue Kelly, former President and CEO, American Public Power Association

    “The rapid transition to 100 percent clean energy generation requires not only political will, but also an understanding of the difficult choices that decision makers and advocates must address. This book clearly and comprehensively explains the decisions that must be made, the steps that must be taken, and the interactions between policy and technology judgments that must be understood. It is a must-read if we are to succeed in this critical task.”—Ken Berlin, President and CEO, The Climate Reality Project

    “Fox-Penner does it again! This unique, timely, and invaluable addition to the canon confronts our powerlessness before the ‘Almighty Grid’ and organizes our collective thinking in the wider field. A must-read for anyone interested in the energy transition that will affect us all.”—Malik Dahlan, Chair of International Law and Public Policy, Energy Law Institute, Queen Mary University of London

    “It is increasingly clear that climate change is the central issue of this century, yet global emissions continue to rise. On paper, decarbonizing the electric system is the easy part, but in the real world, it’s not so simple. In Power after Carbon, Peter Fox-Penner tackles the many thorny questions that arise, presenting a vision for how change is possible, if we rise to the occasion.”—Jeremy Grantham, Cofounder and Chief Investment Strategist, Grantham, Mayo & van Otterloo

    “In Power after Carbon, Fox-Penner uses his options framework to address the energy industry’s advances over the last decade. This excellent book will be particularly valuable to industry leaders, policymakers, and other stakeholders as we design the paths forward for our companies, and the customers and communities we serve.”—Robert Rowe, President and CEO, Northwestern Energy

    “As the world sits on the precipice of an energy transformation, Power after Carbon provides a detailed look at the technology and policy challenges we will need to confront on the way to a fully clean grid. Even though the scope of the change is immense, Fox-Penner deftly paints a clear vision of what is possible, making this book an essential resource for anyone looking to understand what comes next in our energy future.”—Alicia Barton, President and CEO, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

    “If you’re serious about climate policy, read this book.”—Joseph Romm, author of Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know

    “A decade ago, @PeterFoxPenner wrote Smart Power, one of the all-time best introductions to electric grid issues in the climate age. Now he’s out with a sequel: Power after Carbon: Building a Clean, Resilient Grid. Highly recommended.”—David Roberts, Vox.com

    “Even if it does not offer easy answers, it raises all the important questions. In the age of transactive energy, it is a book worth reading – and like a convoluted mystery novel, probably more than once.”—Fereidoon P. Sioshansi, Ph.D.o, President, Menlo Energy Economics, EEnergy Informer

    “I rarely give 5 stars to books…Prof. Fox-Penner has written the most current and comprehensive book on the future of energy. Anyone who studies/works in the energy space or is thinking about getting into it must read and learn from this book.”—Energy Entrepreneur

    “It’s thoughtful, smart, and timely.”—Harvey Salgo, former Principal of Daymark Energy Advisors and former Consultant/Advisor to the World Bank

    “The perfect beach read for an #energy nerd!”—@CLaFleurEnergy, Former Commissioner and Chairman, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

    “I spoke with two people in the last week who said—in nearly identical manners—that they used Smart Power like a crib sheet for knowledge gaps in early phases of their careers. One added that you were their ‘greatest intellectual crush for at least a year’ because of it. I told them both to go buy Power after Carbon.”—Eugene J. Berardi, ISE Senior Fellow

    “Fantastic to find a book written by someone who understands and speaks the lingo of bizniz and techies too”—Robert J. McDonald Zapff