Basics of Electric Transmission in Michigan with Consumers Energy

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

The power grid works much like the road system and brings electricity throughout Michigan.
The power grid works much like the road system and brings electricity throughout Michigan.

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.

Transmission lines:

  • 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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