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Lesson 2 - Electricity Basics

It’s difficult to imagine life without convenient electricity. You just flip a switch or plug in an appliance, and it’s there. But how did it get there?  Many steps go into providing the reliable electricity we take for granted. This lesson takes a closer look at electricity. It follows the path of electricity from the fuel source to the home, including the power plant and the electric power grid. It also covers the role of electric utilities in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity.

Topcis addressed include:

  • Basics of electricity
  • Generating electricity
    • Using steam, turbines, generator
    • Similarities of power plants
  • Distributing Electricity
    • Generation
    • Transmission
    • Distribution
    • Power grid
    • Smart grid
  • Utilities
    • Cost of electricity
    • Regulation
    • Deregulation
  • Planning for the future