Plants, Poles and Plugs

Generating Power And Getting It To The Consumer
Delivering electricity to America’s consumers is a complex task. Behind it lies a series of highly technical functions such as the generation of power, its transmission, and its final distribution to the consumer. Because of the physical nature of electricity, the entities performing these functions are not isolated. To a degree, all power suppliers and delivery systems are interconnected; thus, the decisions they make affecting the generation, transmission, and distribution of power have widespread effects on all consumers. Consequently, communication and cooperation among all power suppliers and delivery systems are essential to the smooth working of this industry.

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005), which was enacted in August 2005, provided many important provisions to improve electric reliability, promote infrastructure investment and fuel diversity, and enhance energy efficiency.

Material in this section from Key Facts About The Electric Power Industry, courtesy of Edison Electric Institute, 701 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004-2696,