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Turning on a
small reading lamp by your bed is as easy as flipping a switch. But, the
electricity that powers your tiny light starts miles and miles away and takes a
fantastic journey through high voltage power lines, transformers and regulators
before reaching your home.
All energy in
the U.S. is powered and regulated through the National Power Grid. This grid
controls the flow of energy between power plants, businesses and homes. As the
demand for energy increases, the grid operators must constantly keep up. If
they fail to meet the demand, or if any plants or power lines go down, then
everyone risks the dreaded blackout.
If energy is
that difficult to balance, what keeps it flowing on hot summer day and frigid
winters when usage spikes? The following animation explains how the grid works
to power not only your house, but every house on the block, in your city, town,
state and beyond at all times of the day.