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Chapter 1: Keeping the Lights on in the New World (Introduction)

Reliable electricity is something that Americans expect from the bulk power supply system. It ensures that homes remain at comfortable temperatures; it enables timely, accurate response to emergencies; it keeps industry moving and powers the millions of transactions made daily in the U.S. marketplace. An adequate, reliable, and affordable supply of electricity is critical to maintaining and improving the nation’s security, standard of living, and competitive edge in a world where electricity serves as the cornerstone of a modern economy.