Electric Power Grid by Patricia Hynes

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They also give you ideas about how you can help yourself, your community, and the world. Life and Career skills These notes tell you about skills you will use throughout your life. They give you ideas about how to work well with others, make good decisions, and achieve your goals in life.

Graf, Rudolf F. Safe and Simple Electrical Experiments. New York: Dover, 1973. Parker, Steve. Electricity. New York: Dorling Kindersley, 2005. Other Media Electric Nation. VHS. PBS Home Video, 2002. Tesla: Master of Lightning. VHS. PBS Home Video. Thomas A. Edison—Father of Invention. DVD. Biography Channel, 2006. htm has more information about electricity and some activities to tr y. POWER UP! The Electric Power Grid 31 Index access to electricity, 4–5, 28 Alabama, 20 Albany, 22 atoms, 14 blackouts and power failures, 7 cascade effect, 25–26 causes of, 21–24 costs, 22, 26 Eastern Interconnection blackout in 2003, 21–24 elevators and, 9 in history, 10,12 in New York, 10, 13, 21–24 restarting power stations, 24 “rolling blackouts,” 14, 26 survival kits, 11, 23 Buffalo, 22 Eastern Interconnection, 18, 22 Eastern Interconnection blackout in 2003, 21–24 electricity access to, 4–5 danger, 16 maintenance and inspection, 27 measurement of, 20 need for, 5–9, 28–29 production of, 13–17 electrons, 15–16 elevators, 9 firefighters, 22 Florida, 20 Hawaii, 18 health issues, 23, 26 kilowatts, 20 candles, 4, 5, 10 Central America, 20 Cleveland, 22 coal, 16, 17 Commonwealth Edison, 10 computers and technology, 26–28 maintenance and inspection, 27 danger, 16, 20 deaths, 26 dependency on electricity, 5–11 Detroit, 22 dispatch centers, 18 National Power Grid divisions of, 18–19, 28 interconnected resources, 20 technology and, 26–27 natural gas, 16, 17 New York, 10, 12–13, 22 nuclear energy, 17 police, 22 power grids, 14 Eastern Interconnection, 18, 20–23 National Power Grid, 18–20, 26–27 Texas Interconnection, 18 Western Interconnection, 18 power lines, 16, 25, 27 power stations, 14, 17–18 safety, 16 security, 28 South America, 20 storms, 21 substations, 16–17 survival kits, 11, 23 temperature regulation, 6–9 terrorism, 22, 28 Texas Interconnection, 18–19 Toronto, 22 training, 26–27 vandalism, 28 water, 17, 24 Western Interconnection, 18–19 World Trade Center, 22 Ohio, 11, 13, 27 oil, 17 About the Author Patricia Hynes grew up in Pennsylvania, where she climbed hills and trees and swam in the local river.

Acts of vandalism such as starting fires or breaking equipment must also be prevented. As a result, all power plants update security systems regularly and do detailed background checks on employees. Of course, complete security details are not released. Some of the best safeguards are ones the public is never told about. It is almost impossible to exaggerate the importance of electricity and the power grid to our 28 21st CENTURY SKILLS LIBRARY Reliable electric power has become a key part of Americans’ lives in the twenty-first century.

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