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Smart Grid Course Books

Course Readings for Spring Term


Many of the course readings for Spring Term will be posted and available on the course's password protected online learning platform (D2L) or can be accessed with links from the course syllabus.

In addition, we will be using Eugene Bardach’s gem, A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis: The Eightfold Path to More Effective Problem Solving, during the second week of class.  The 4th edition is the most recent one. We have requested that the PSU Bookstore order 15 copies of this edition. You might be able to find cheaper used copies or copies of earlier editions from other booksellers.

We used three books during the Winter Term. They are:

  • Peter Fox-Penner, Smart Power: Climate Change, the Smart Grid and the Future of Electric Utilities, 2014 (best to get the new, 2014 "anniversary edition")
  • Tony Seba, Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation, 2014; and
  • Fereidoon P. Sioshansi (editor), Smart Grid: Integrating Renewable, Distributed & Efficient Energy, 2012 (this book is more expensive; consider cheaper options such as renting, Kindle, etc.)

We may not assign specific chapters from these books during the Spring Term, but they do offer valuable background that should be helpful for those students who are joining us for the first time during Spring Term. We particularly recommend newcomers get ahold of copies of Peter Fox-Penner’s Smart Power and Tony Seba’s Clean Disruption.  We have asked the PSU Bookstore to order 5-7 copies of these two books. Sioshansi’s Smart Grid book would also be useful, but it will not be as important for the Spring Term course. Plus, it is more expensive. If you are a newcomer and want access to this book,  you might want to consider renting it or purchasing it through Kindle or other options. We have not placed a new order for this book through the PSU Bookstore.