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Electrical Grid

March 13, 2024

What is the Electrical Grid?

The electrical grid is a linked network designed get electricity from producers to consumers on a large, efficient scale.

The grid is made up of three parts; electricity generation, transmission, and distribution.

Generation

Energy is created in power stations throughout the country. These stations generate energy through varying methods like natural gas, nuclear power, or renewable power sources like wind or hydroelectric.

Transmission

Once electricity is generated, it travels long distances to reach the communities that need it through high-voltage lines. The transmission system created is essentially a highway for electricity.

Distribution

Electricity enters a web of lower-voltage power lines that spread across neighborhoods and connect to homes and businesses. 

Many electrical companies are distributers. This means that they’re strictly responsible for the efficient delivery of electricity throughout communities. While they may participate in some energy production, their main role is to ensure all power lines are operating properly.