Direct Energy’s Monthly Book Series: The Energy Industry

Direct Energy’s Monthly Book Series: The Energy Industry

With the Direct Energy Monthly Book Series, we’ll introduce you to the best books on a variety of engaging subjects – from green living and parenting to budgeting and home improvement. To ensure we provide a little something for everyone, each installment will feature books ranging from the introductory level to in-depth! While our recommendations aren’t specific endorsement of these books or authors, they do reflect what we feel are educational and analytical reads on the topic.

The Energy Industry

One of the world’s largest industries, and the third largest in the United States, the energy industry is an integral part of our everyday lives. From the light that brightens a dark room to the air that cools us on a warm summer day to the gas that powers our car, the energy industry is responsible for so many of the things we cannot live without.

Despite its consistent presence in our lives, the energy industry is often viewed as complex and confusing, and thus widely misunderstood. In this month’s installment of our Monthly Book Series, we will focus on the different types of energy and how they fit into our everyday lifestyles.

1) Consuming Power: A Social History of American Energies by David Nye

Direct Energy’s Monthly Book Series: The Energy Industry

This book is an excellent introduction to the energy industry in the United States. Nye goes through three centuries of technological and cultural development within the energy industry to show how Americans have produced, used, and thought about energy. The book aims to portray America’s social history of the energy industry, and how it has impacted the everyday lives of ordinary people for the past three hundred years.

Recommended for: Readers who want a historical introduction to the United States’ energy industry.

2) The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels by Alex Epstein

Taking into consideration the cost of producing energy and the lifestyle we are accustomed to, Epstein’s book The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels takes a completely different perspective than most books. While many books rebel against the use of fossil fuels, Epstein makes the case for them by focusing on their positive contributions. This is a great book if you’re looking to hear the other side of the story in the fossil fuel vs. renewable energy discussion.

Recommended for: Folks who believe there truly are two sides to every story, even when it comes to the energy industry.

3) The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World by Russell Gold

Direct Energy’s Monthly Book Series: The Energy Industry
Fracking is one of the most debated extraction methods in the contemporary energy industry.

Possibly one of the most confusing and misunderstood aspects of the energy industry, fracking has changed the way we use energy. As a result, Gold’s book, The Boom, aims to educate readers on one of the major sources of energy today. Whether you are for or against fracking, Gold’s book offers an in-depth analysis, from the historical development of fracking and its pros and cons to other possible drilling processes.

Recommended for: Anyone who wants to learn more about the history of fracking and its impact upon the energy industry and our world.

4) Renewable: The World-Changing Power of Alternative Energy by Jeremy Shere

Acknowledging the fact that most people don’t really know or understand where their energy comes from, Shere sets out to educate his readers about both fossil fuels and renewable energy. Though he starts out his journey touring coal-fueled power plants, Shere’s book, Renewable, focuses more on renewable energy – green gas, sun, wind, earth, and water. What makes his book stand out is the comprehensive histories behind each renewable energy and interviews with the scientists and innovators who made them possible.

Recommended for: Readers who are interested in the history and origins of renewable energy, where it is today, and where it is heading in the future.

5) Let It Shine: The 6,000 Year Story of Solar Energy by John Perlin

Direct Energy’s Monthly Book Series: The Energy Industry
Did you know that solar power can date back to the 7th century B.C.?

With solar power as one of the top emerging renewable energy sources, many people make the mistake of thinking of it as a new source of power. However, Perlin’s book, Let It Shine, takes readers back hundreds of years to show the history of solar power. From New York City rooftops in 1884 to Leonardo da Vinci in the 15th century and back into the Bronze Age in China, Perlin shows readers humankind’s unique and innovative solar ideas throughout history.

Recommended for: Anyone who wants to learn more about the history of solar power.

Check in next month when the Direct Energy Monthly Book Series talks about Leadership!

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  1. Some additional suggestions:

    The Smartest Guys in The Room – A cautionary tale that will always be relevant to those in the deregulated supply business. Enron’s collapse cast a very long shadow that will be on the minds of many for many years to come.

    The Great Texas Wind Rush – A great discussion of how it is that the Oil and Gas state became far and away the US leader in installed wind megawattage. A quick and fun read.

    Regulating Public Utility Performance – Not a gripping read, but a very important resource in understanding how utility tariffs are written. A must have desk reference.

    Energy Law in a Nutshell – Another must have desk reference for anyone working on the LDC or marketer side of the deregulated energy supply business.

    Coal: a Human History – A really fascinating read about the history of coal and how it’s use has affected humans over the last 6 centuries. Highly recommended and a quick read.

    Comeback – An optimistic, but realistic take on the fracking boom and what it means for the history of America’s energy mix.

    Energy Trading and Investing – This is a must read for those on the financial side of operations. Every scheduler and trader should read this book. Another must read.

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