Don’t you wish powering our homes 24/7 was as easy as flipping a switch or using the ‘clapper’? Unfortunately, it isn’t that simple. The process is a three-step system, from electric generation to transmission to distribution—and every maintenance job in between.
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Electric Transmission: The Basics
Reliable electric service depends on a strong transmission system. Consumers Energy’s transmission networks include lines that link electricity to its distributors, called a “power grid”. The grid works much like the road system where highways, city streets and rural roads bring people to a destination.
- Range from 46,000 to 345,000 volts of electricity
- Have built-in alternative power paths just in case of emergencies
- Use alternating current to transport electricity
Why Using Alternating Current is Important
Alternating current (AC) is a stream of electric charges that reverses direction. For this reason, AC is used worldwide. Consumers Energy incorporates AC power with its transmission networks because:
- It’s Affordable- Not only can we decrease the current to save the customer money but some parts are also less expensive to manufacture.
- It Saves Energy- Since AC allows the use of high voltage with small currents, power loss is reduced during the transmission process.
- It’s Efficient- AC power is used to transmit electricity long distances for better reliability to our power grid.
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