Where Energy Comes From

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Most people think that electricity just comes out of the wall. Or that gasoline just comes out of the pump. This site is excellent for picking out where it comes from. A lot of people work 24/365 to provide this.

http://www.eia.gov/state/maps.cfm?src=home-f3

Legend
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Legend
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Nov. 27, 2012 6:46 am

Thanks. One of the facilities near me I have already visited. Its just a small little dam that probably only provides electricity to the immediate region. My county is a little "underdeveloped" so we even have town-sized water districts, although maybe that's not so uncommon I don't know. It does have a lot to do though with how the local municipalities interact with the state (of California) during declared emergencies, etc.

But it got me thinking, its just a little dam along a nice creek out in the woods. It seems to even accentuate the ecology of the area. If sea levels are rising due to climate change, and since rainwater is not being captured due to the effects of deforestation, etc., those kinds of facilities can do a lot of good.

nimblecivet
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Jul. 31, 2007 3:01 pm

Your small little dam feeds into the grid. Not just the local area. There are 3 grids in the USA. Western, Eastern and Texas. A grid is kind of like a battery. Some input and some output. Every little bit helps.

Legend
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