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The power grid

What is the power grid and how does it work?


The power grid is a network for delivering electricity to consumers. The power grid includes generator stations, transmission lines and towers, and individual consumer distribution lines.

Step 1: Energy is Generated. 

Step 2: Energy is Converted to High Voltage.

Step 3: Distribution lines deliver power while transformers intersect the high voltage power and convert it back to a voltage that houses can use. 


How electricity gets to you

Electrical power travels from the power plant to your house through a complex system called the power distribution grid.

A variety of facilities generate electricity, including coal- and natural gas-burning power plants, hydroelectric dams, nuclear power plants, wind turbines, and solar panels.

Electricity is made at a generating station using  wind, coal, natural gas, or water. 40% of RELC’s energy comes from wind.

The current is sent through transformers to increase the voltage to push the power long distances.

The electrical charge goes through high-voltage transmission lines that stretch across the province.

It reaches the RELC substation, where the voltage is lowered so it can be sent on smaller power lines. 

It travels through distribution lines throughout our district. Smaller transformers reduce the voltage again to make the power safe to use in our homes.

It connects to your house and passes through a digital meter that measures how much your family uses.

The electricity goes to a service panel, where breakers or fuses protect the wires inside your house from being overloaded.

The electricity travels through wires inside the walls to the outlets and switches all over your house.