Public ownership of power generating facilities has long been a cause celebre of mine along with decentralization.Power Play: The Fight to Control the World’s Electricity The book Power Play by Sharon Beder has confirmed my views. Locally, with the LNG and wave energy battles going on, no one should take a side in favor of either of those debates without first reading this book. From Amazon

In an eye-opening investigation, Sharon Beder’s Power Play reveals the decades-long struggle to wrest control of electricity from public hands. Her analysis ranges from the machinations of American political power to grassroots struggles in South Asia aimed at stemming the environmental degradation caused by multinational energy providers. In so doing, she sets the stage for understanding the damage done by deregulation, the roots of the Enron scandal, and the contemporary debacle of electricity supply.