Naughty or nice: the perfect book choices for every utility wonk on your gift list



Oracle Utilities is full of geeks–people who know and love tech, especially those widgets that produce the worldrsquo;s infrastructure function well. We’re proud of that.

We’re full of nerds, also. Nerds are the studious type, according to the official definition. As stated by people, they’re our uncontrollable readers–that the psychological ancestor of all today’s binge watchers, you may say.

So, from our nerds to yours’s a brief collection of great books to buy for all of the utilities lovers you know just in time for the holidays–if their hearts are using the power players, the gas gifters or even the water wonders.

From Kate Rowland, industry strategist:

The Power Brokers: The Struggle to Shape and Control the Electric Power Industry 

Publisher’s blurb: How the interplay between government regulation and also the personal sector has shaped the electrical industry, by its nineteenth-century origins to twenty-first-century market restructuring.

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The Third Industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power is Transforming Energy, the Economy, and also the World 

Publisher’s blurb: Here, Jeremy Rifkin explores how Internet technology and renewable energy are all now merging to create a strong”Third Industrial Revolution.” He asks us to envision hundreds of millions of individuals producing their own green energy in their homes, offices, and factories, and sharing it with each other at an”energy internet,” just like people now create and share information on the internet.

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The Burning Wire (novel)

Publisher’s blurb: Lincoln Rhyme is back, on the course of a killer whose weapon of choice cripples New York City having fear. The weapon is invisible and omnipresent. With no modern society grinds to a halt. It is electricity. The killer harnesses and steers huge arc flashes with voltage high and heat so searing that metal melts.

Buy it here. 

From Nekabari L. Goka, director of regulatory matters and market development:

The Political Economy of Pipelines : A Century of Comparative Institutional Development

Publisher’s blurb: With global demand for energy poised to grow by over half in the subsequent 3 decades, the source of secure, reliable, and reasonably priced gas and petroleum will be of basic value to modern economies. Central to this supply are the pipelines that transport the energy.

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Market Madness : A Century of Oil Panics, Crises and Crashes

Publisher’s blurb: Stock market booms are cause for celebration. But when oil prices soar as supplies are failing to keep up with need, the response is nearly always apocalyptic. Predictions of the conclusion of oil may create anxiety on Wall Street and in Washington, stoking fears that manufacturing has hit a ceiling and costs will likely grow in perpetuity. Nevertheless these dire visions have constantly proven wrong.

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Perfect Power: How the Microgrid Revolution Will Unleash Cleaner, Greener, More Abundant Energy

Publisher’s blurb: Energy providers and policy makers will probably reinvent today's centralized power systems and incorporate them with new, efficient “microgrids.” Investors and investors will see tomorrow's newest technologies. Consumers may require change from ldquo;the forces that be. ” And environmentalists will take advantage of cleaner, greener energy resources out there. We have the power to fulfill our energy needs, mend our older methods, forge ahead with new ideas, and also fuel our fantasies. It's Perfect Power.

Buy it here.

And from me, also:

Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water

Publisher’s blurb: The narrative of the American West is the story of a constant quest for a precious resource: water. It is a tale of rivers diverted and dammed, of governmental corruption and greed, of billion-dollar conflicts over water rights, of ecological and economic crisis.

Buy it here.

Empires of Light: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Electrify the World 

Publisher’s blurb: In the final decades of the twentieth century, three brilliant and visionary titans of America’s Gilded Age–Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, and George Westinghouse–battled bitterly as each vied to create a vast and powerful electrical empire. In Empires of Light, historian Jill Jonnes portrays this exceptional trio and their riveting and ruthless world of cutting-edge science, invention, intrigue, money, passing, and hard-eyed Wall Street millionaires.

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Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla: Biography of a Genius 

Publisher’s blurb: Based on initial material and previously inaccessible records, this acclaimed book is the definitive biography of the man considered by many to be the founding father of modern electrical technology. One of Tesla’s creations were that the channeling of alternating current, fluorescent and neon lighting, wireless telegraphy, and also the giant turbines that harnessed the energy of Niagara Falls.

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