WHAT IS THE ELECTRICAL GRID?
The electricity generation, transmission, distribution and control networks make up the electrical grid.
When you look at the discussions in ENERGY-101 you realize that an understanding of the fundamentals of what electricity is all about really is helpful and may even give you some insights as to what it’s all about…. Read more or watch the video>>
GENERATION VS. TRANSMISSION/DISTRIBUTION
…The most pronounced difference between generation versus transmission and distribution facilities in the “269” standard are the two separate sets of hazardous energy control or lockout/tagout requirements—one for generation and one for transmission and distribution….Learn more>> www.osha.gov
TONY ANDERSON on DISTRIBUTED GENERATION- Tony is the General Manager, Cherryland Electric Cooperative
For me it’s a homeowner choice, a member choice. If they want to generate their own electricity through some sort of distributed generation process like wind or solar, I’m okay with that. If they want to take my product, then that’s even better. But I see my role…Continue reading or watch video>>
America’s electric companies rely on a variety of domestic fuels to generate electricity. Fuel diversity helps to protect electric companies and their customers from…Learn more and see the numbers>>
DISTRIBUTED GENERATION GRABS POWER FROM CENTRALIZED UTILITIES
Ken Silverstein, Contributor
Like a lot of industrial sectors, American utilities are in the midst of re-thinking of their business model. Building centralized generation and then selling as many electrons as possible is now getting challenged by those who produce their own power, which enables them to “disconnect” from the grid. Continue reading>>
Distributed generation has many benefits compared to centralized electricity generation including: end user access to waste heat, increased electric system reliability, reduced peaking power requirements, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and reduced vulnerability to terrorism. These benefits derive, in large part, because distributed generation technologies are…Learn more>>
Although there are many types of fuel cells, the type of fuel cell described here and the type of fuel cell that is generally being commercialized for distributed electricity generation is referred to as a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC). Natural gas-fueled solid oxide fuel cells operate at temperatures about 1,800°F. …Learn more>>