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Official Energy Central Community Manager of Generation and Energy Management Networks. Matt is an energy analyst in Orlando FL (by way of Washington DC) working as an independent energy...

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I don't care how old you get, you never age out of recognizing Dr. Suess Day and the National Read Across America celebration, which falls tomorrow, March 2. 

For those of us looking to add to our reading list while educating ourselves about new aspects of the utility sector, I'm soliciting the official reading list for Energy Central here. Post below with your book recommendation(s) that you'd like to see more of our community members read, whether that's a book that inspired you, that changed your perspective on a key aspect of the industry, or even that you wrote. 

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One very interesting reading is Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely. This occurs to me as a suggestion because most of the current efforts are driven to solutions - technical, financial or management ones. But.... the decision making processes are the ones that intrigue me most. This book helps understanding our minds and potentially will unveil a new approach!

Shorting the Grid: The Hidden Fragility of Our Electric Grid Paperback – October 13, 2020
by Meredith Angwin  
In Shorting the Grid, Meredith Angwin provides an enormously valuable, clear, and succinct explanation of our most important network...If you care about the future of our increasingly electrified world, buy this book and read it.

- Robert Bryce, author of A Question of Power: Electricity and the Wealth of Nations

An eye-opening exposé of our grid's vulnerabilities...If you take for granted that the lights go on when you flip a switch, this book may blow your mind.

- Joshua S. Goldstein, author of A Bright Future, How Some Countries have Solved Climate Change and the Rest Can Follow

Shorting the Grid is full of sharp writing and engaging stories about the most hidden part of our grid - how grid-level decisions are made.

- Dan Nott, artist and author of Hidden Systems, a forthcoming graphic non-fiction book on infrastructure

The National Academy of Engineering describes the U.S. power grid as the "supreme engineering achievement of the 20th century." ...Shorting the Grid reveals reasons why we must pay more attention to grid governance and the potential of poor decisions to override technical successes.

- Rod Adams: blogger at Atomic Insights, Managing Member at Nucleation Capital LP