There is no "national power grid" in the
The United States
electric grid is a complex network of independently owned and operated power
plants and transmission lines. The continental U.S. is divided into three
main power grid systems: United States
The Eastern Interconnected,The Western Interconnected,
The Eastern and Western Interconnects have limited interconnections to each other, and the Texas Interconnect is only linked to the others via direct current lines. Both the Western and Texas Interconnects are linked with
the Eastern and Western Interconnects are strongly interconnected with . All
electric utilities in the mainland Canada are connected to at
least one other utility via these power grids United States
As an example of the complexities The State of Florida has the following electric companies:
Florida Power & Light, Florida Municipal Power Agency, Florida Public Utility Company Palm Beach, Gainesville Regional Utilities, Gulf Power, a part of the Southern Company, JEA, Kissimmee Utility Authority, Lakeland Electric, Lake Worth Utilities, LCEC, Ocala Electric, Orlando Utilities Commission, Duke Energy, City of Tallahassee utilities, TECO
So when you plan your power backup systems, consider your own generators, secondary power companies, and even secondary power grids. The larger your organization and the more critical your power needs are, you should be moving up this curve of power sources for your business.
What is your power plan?
Steve Koenig, SCORE Counselor
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