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How is Electricity Generated? In words you can actually understand.

Why is it always so difficult to explain how electricity is generated? Like all things we deal with at P2S, we make an effort to make it easy to understand for the average consumer. So we chose to do the same with the generation, distribution and transmission of electricity. Share and give us feedback, as always we love to hear from you!

Three steps to getting electricity to your home

  1. Generation
  2. Transmission
  3. Distribution

We’ll break each one down

A. Generation:

1. At the most basic level the turning of turbines generates electricity. This happens in a power plant.

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Turbines can be turned by

-       Water: In hydroelectric plants

-       Pressurized steam: created by burning coal is what is used in coal plants. This is the same for all fossil fuel plants

2. The turning of the turbines creates electrons

3. The electrons are then transmitted from the power plant through the wires

B. Transmission:

  1. The voltage is then stepped up by passing it through step up transformers
  2. This ‘stepped up’ voltage is then passed through high-voltage transmission lines

C. Distribution:

  1. 6.    The electricity flows to a substation near your home
  2. Where it is then stepped down to lower the voltage to a level that is safe for the home
  3. 8.    This stepped down voltage then flows through the distribution lines near your home
  4. Where it is further stepped down by a distribution transformer

10. The electricity is then Passed to your home’s network of electric wires

11. And, whether you like it or not, you have to pay those bills.


But you can reduce how much you pay by learning more about your usage and shopping around for electricity suppliers that can help you save you some money. Or help you go green if that is the direction you choose to go. Happy shopping!

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