No Two Generations See Eye to Eye- Essay

Topics: Electricity distribution, Transformer, Electrical substation Pages: 1273 (223212 words) Published: October 6, 2012
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T.A. Short

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Electric power distribution handbook / Tom Short.
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To the future. To Jared. To Logan.

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In industrialized countries, distribution systems deliver electricity literally everywhere, taking power generated at many locations and delivering it to end users. Generation, transmission, and distribution — of these big three components of the electricity infrastructure, the distribution system gets the least attention. Yet, it is often the most critical component in terms of its effect on reliability and quality of service, cost of electricity, and aesthetic (mainly visual) impacts on society.

Like much of the electric utility industry, several political, economic, and technical changes are pressuring the way...
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