EBA Book Club: The Grid: Biography of an American Technology

Thursday, April 11, 2019
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
799 9th St., NW, 10th Floor
Washington, DC 20001



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On Thursday, April 11, 2019, the Energy Bar Association Book Club will meet to discuss The Grid: Biography of an American Technology by Julie A. Cohn.  A brief networking event will precede the discussion.

All are welcome – even if you have not read the Spring/Summer 2019 Book – The Grid: Biography of an American Technology.  If you would like to read the book, there is still time!

Please direct any questions to Michael Messonnier at:


From the Amazon Profile:

The history of the grid, the world's largest interconnected power machine that is North America's electricity infrastructure.

The North American power grid has been called the world's largest machine. The grid connects nearly every living soul on the continent; Americans rely utterly on the miracle of electrification. In this book, Julie Cohn tells the history of the grid, from early linkages in the 1890s through the grid's maturity as a networked infrastructure in the 1980s. She focuses on the strategies and technologies used to control power on the grid―in fact made up of four major networks of interconnected power systems―paying particular attention to the work of engineers and system operators who handled the everyday operations. To do so, she consulted sources that range from the pages of historical trade journals to corporate archives to the papers of her father, Nathan Cohn, who worked in the industry from 1927 to 1989―roughly the period of key power control innovations across North America.

Cohn investigates major challenges and major breakthroughs but also the hidden aspects of our electricity infrastructure, both technical and human. She describes the origins of the grid and the growth of interconnection; emerging control issues, including difficulties in matching generation and demand on linked systems; collaboration and competition against the backdrop of economic depression and government infrastructure investment; the effects of World War II on electrification; postwar plans for a coast-to-coast grid; the northeast blackout of 1965 and the East-West closure of 1967; and renewed efforts at achieving stability and reliability after those two events.


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Every EBA Member is invited to join for any or all of the biannual sessions of the EBA Book Club. Let this be your inspiration to read industry-related literature at your own pace and discuss, ask questions, share perspectives and debate the book’s themes and conclusions with other EBA Members.

Coming Attractions:

Look for the EBA Book Club’s selection for Fall/Winter 2019 in the EBA Update!

Book recommendations are welcome – please email any suggestions to Michael Messonnier at:

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