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Electricity Grid, Transmission, and Distribution

An electric power grid is a network of interconnecting transmission lines that allow utilities to transmit and distribute power from generating stations and other energy sources to customers. In the U.S. and the Americas, the electrical grid typically delivers alternating current (AC) at 60 Hertz (Hz) between 100 to 120 volts. In Europe, the electrical grid typically delivers AC at 50 Hz at 220 to 240 volts.
  1. Energy Integration (4)
  2. Grid Communications & Security (3)
  3. Metering (4)
  4. Smart Grid Technology (6)

Best Practices for Wind Energy Integration
DOE-sponsored study suggests best practices for wind power integration into the electric grid.

3 Big Changes Underway for Bulk Electric Transmission
Industry insiders say big changes are coming to the bulk electric transmission system.

SuperStation to Break the Renewable Power Gridlock
Three regional electric grids will connect at the Tres Amigas SuperStation in Clovis, New Mexico.

Updating the Electric Grid: Introductory Report - NCEP
"Updating the Electric Grid: An Introduction to Non-Transmission Alternatives for Policymakers," a report from the National Council on Electricity Policy, 2009.

5-Year Plan for Electric Transmission and Distribution - Report to Congress
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) submitted this 71-page, 5-year plan for electric transmission and distribution programs to Congress, as required by the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

Power Electronics Improve Grid Reliability - Report from ORNL
This report from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory examines the many ways that power electronics (which use semiconductor switching devices) can improve operation and reliability of the electric grid and distributed energy systems.

Understanding Electricity
This page from About.com provides a simple introduction to electricity, transformers, electric generation, turbines, and more.

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