I. David Rosenstein has introduced the launch of a new blog titled Electrifying America. It can be found at https://electrifyingamerica.com.
This site is his retirement hobby after working 40 years in the electric industry. It is free for anyone to use and he does not accept advertising dollars.
During his working years, he found that many well meaning people wanted to effect change in the electric industry such as advocating for lower rates or for reduced emissions. However, those efforts were often ineffective because the advocates did not fully understand the background of electric service and the electric industry. He created Electrifying America in the hopes of providing that background.
Each post in Electrifying America is a short description of a different aspect of electric service or the electric industry. Most of the posts include additional explanations through YouTube videos as well as links to more in depth material on the subject matter.
As a teaching tool, he has included a page titled Electric Industry Tutorials. These tutorials assemble the posts into the following three modules:
Module 1 is titled “The History of the Electric Industry.” In that Module he has included the following posts: “The Electric Current War,” “What is an Electric Utility?” “Determining Just and Reasonable Rates,” “Senator George Norris vs. Henry Ford – Prelude to Federal Hydropower,” “The Rural Electrification Act Brings Electricity to America’s Farms” and “Government Oversight After the 2003 Northeast Power Blackout.”
Module 2 is titled “The Current Status of the Electric Industry.” In that Module he has included the following posts: “The Watts, Volts, Amps and Ohms Post” “Who Controls the Electric Transmission Grid?” “Remote Central Station Generation Stations,” “The Nuclear Industry Headed in Two Directions,” “Electricity Sales in a Power Market,” “Protecting the Grid Against Cyber Attack” and “So You Want to Build a Wind Farm Project”.
Module 3 is titled “The Future of the Electric Industry.” In that Module he has included the following posts: “Distributed Generation – an Old Idea Reconsidered,” “Is the Utility Death Spiral for Real?” “Is a Carbon Tax the Answer to Climate Change?” “Could Increased Electric Usage be the Answer to Climate Change?” “What is a Smart Grid?” and “What is a Micro grid?”
At the conclusion of each of these Modules he has included a series of Study Questions.
While he hopes that this blog is useful for anyone seeking a better understanding of the electric industry, he believes that it should be especially useful for science teachers and their students.
He is already planning additional posts, however, he is hoping to receive feedback from readers that will suggest additional topics and help him make this even more useful.