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Be Your Own Power Company

| Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Nov 5, 1983 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

This book by David Morris (first published in 1983) was the first how-to book published after Congress ended the 100-year-old monopoly by utilities on the generation of power. The book examines the technical and economic aspects of four small scale power technologies (photovoltaics, wind power, hydropower and onsite cogeneration) and offers advice on how to negotiate a contract for sale of on-site power to local utilities.

Be Your Own Power Company

Be Your Own Power Company – Introduction and Table of Contents

Chapter I: The Electric Revolution

Chapter II: How the Electric System Works

Chapter III: PURPA

Chapter IV: Interconnecting with the Grid

Chapter V: Getting the Best Deal

Chapter VI: Electric Generation Technologies

Chapter VII: Economics

Be Your Own Power Company – Appendices – Notes – Bibliography

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David Morris is co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and directs its initiative on The Public Good. He is the author of the New City States, Seeing the Light, and three other non-fiction books. His essays on public policy are regularly published by On the Commons, Alternet, Common Dreams and the Huffington Post.

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