Electric Power Generation: A Nontechnical Guide

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Unlike more technical texts stuffed with formulae and theories, this book explains in plain English how power is created and replaces formulae with everyday examples and easy-to-understand illustrations.

It opens with an explanation of how electricity is generated, then covers the planning and development of electric power stations, emphasizing modern considerations of merchant power plants, repowering, and the growth of gas turbine generation. The "facts" of generation are covered in part two—boilers, turbines, generators, hydro and pumped storage, and "alternative" generations sources, suchs geothermal, tidal, solar, and wind. Maintenance and operations are covered in basic overview format. Finally, environmental considerations—again, an increasing concern in light of deregulation and environmental law—are reviewed.

In addition, the authors cover specific features and fuel-types in nontechnical terms. Industry newcomers will appreciate this clear explanation of how power is created.

Features & Benefits

  • Nontechnical approach aids those new to the generation business
  • Thoroughly covers the operation and maintenance of all plant types
  • Discusses the generation industry in light of electric industry deregulation


  • Field level personnel
  • Management
  • Energy lending and finance professionals
  • Anyone who seeks to understand how, or relies upon, energy markets
  • Students

About the Authors

Dave Barnett has more than 20 years' experience as an electrical engineering technician and technical writer in the fields of electronics applications and design. He holds degrees in journalism and the humanities and is a former senior signal processing and system control designer for the leading high power UHF television transmitter manufacturer. He was also the engineer in charge of technical manual editing, publishing, and writing, and managed telecommunications for the company. He currently operates his own electronic consulting and manufacturing firm and works as an electronics tech for the Civil and Environmental Department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Kirk Bjornsgaard has worked in the energy industry for 20 years as a media relations manager and consultant, and for 10 years as a journalist covering oil, gas, and electric power.

Type: Softcover
Size: 6x9
Pages: 337
Published: 2000
ISBN: 9780878147533

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