Reliable electricity is not a convenience – it is a necessity. Below are some documents and studies that look into how electric reliability can be supported and improved.
With widespread adoption of distributed energy resources (DER), potentially fundamental changes in the grid will require careful assessment of the benefits, costs, and opportunities of different technological or policy pathways . Four main areas requiring global collaboration were identified:
- Interconnection rules and standards
- Grid modernization
- Strategies and tools for grid planning and operations
- Enabling policy and regulation
Ever wonder how electricity gets to your home? It’s delivered through the grid — a complex network of power plants and transformers connected by more than 450,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines.
Colorado’s Energy Infrastrtucture Earned a D! Although Colorado currently meets its electrical needs with a 15% reserve margin, existing transmission lines to other regions are limited, isolating our state from the region’s power grid. Click here to read the full report
The transmission network includes the lines that link the generators of electricity to the distributors, transporting electricity to local electric companies, which in turn deliver it to customers.
The U.S. electric transmission grid consists of more than 200,000 miles of high-voltage lines (230 Kilovolts and greater). Redundancy is built into the transmission system, creating a network, to provide electric companies with alternative power paths in emergencies and to efficiently access electricity generation—even from other power suppliers—to provide customer service. Reliable electric service depends on a strong transmission system.
A white paper calling for greater awareness and engagement on electric reliability, stating that the reliability of electric service, along with its affordability and environmental performance, must be continuously maintained and improved – and we all need to do so.
With over 160,000 miles of transmission lines, the U.S. power grid is designed to handle natural and man-made disasters, as well as fluctuations in demand. How does the system work?
Click Here for an FAQ on The Grid.