Combating the heat by turning up the AC? You need reliable electricity for that!
As a part of Coloradans for Reliable Electricity, you know that a robust electric grid gives us the reliable energy we depend on throughout the year. As temperatures increase, we expect energy to flow at the flip of a switch when we power up our air conditioning (A/C). However, without reliable, affordable energy delivered through a solid, safe electric grid, we’d all be left to sweat it out—literally.
Reliability Depends on the Grid
So, what exactly is the grid? And why do we need it to be reliable?
Watch the “Man on the Street: Grid Edition” video from our partners in fair energy policies, We Stand For Energy of Colorado to see everyday Americans test their knowledge about the grid:
The electric grid is more than the tall utility poles and wires you see running into your home. This vast, complicated infrastructure includes transmission and distribution lines, power generation plants, substations, and many other elements.
To keep temperatures safe, we need reliable energy cooling us down in the summer or warming our homes in the winter. The structure and strength of the electric grid is a critical piece of the energy delivery process that makes electricity reliable.
Maintaining the Grid
Structural, technological, and security enhancements, all keep our grid strong and our energy reliable. Utilities across the country are proposing critical grid improvements that will keep energy flowing steadily. Reliable electricity is important for all of us in Colorado—especially when temperatures climb to high extremes.
But the grid doesn’t run smoothly on its own. Having the right energy policies in place to help equitably maintain, update, and manage the grid is essential for our state’s health and prosperity.