Electricity holds a unique place in the US infrastructure. It is a commodity, a technology, and a necessity. Electric utilities must walk a fine line to balance each of these aspects. While electricity is a commodity that may be bought and sold, it must also be regulated to remain affordable for the general population. Reliability is continually balanced against the cost of upgrades and maintenance. This paper discusses the interconnection of regional area power systems in the US and the benefits such interconnection brings.
M. Crow, "Infrastructure Roots: Evolution of Electric Power in the United States," IEEE Power and Energy Magazine, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 20-21, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Jan 2005.
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Electrical and Computer Engineering
Keywords and Phrases
Electric Power Evolution; Power System Interconnection; Power System Reliability
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Electric power systems -- Reliability
International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)
Article - Journal
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