Princeton University

School of Engineering & Applied Science

A History of Electric Utilities

Speaker: 
Adje Mensah, Chief Executive Officer, A.F. Mensah, Inc.
Location: 
Friend Center, 109
Date/Time: 
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 7:30pm

The Electric Power Industry is vital to the world economy. Disruptions in electricity supply cause more damages than any other service or supply disruption. This lecture will provide a chronological account of major events that have shaped this vital industry and how those events have translated into rules and regulations that govern the generation and supply of electricity in the US. We will also discuss and debate the impacts of those rules and regulations on innovations in the electric power industry.

Suggested Reading.
A Historical Perspective on Electric Utility Regulation, R. Richard Geddes,  http://object.cato.org/sites/cato.org/files/serials/files/regulation/1992/1/v15n1-8.pdf
The Merchant of Power: Sam Insull, Thomas Edison, and the Creation of the Modern Metropolis, by John F. Wasik
Empires of LIght: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Electrify the World, by Jill Jonnes
The Power Makers: Steam, Electricity, and the Men Who Invested Modern America, By Maury Klein