Electricity Summary

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Electrical energy is the driving force behind much of our technological innovation. Not only does it provide lighting and heating to our rooms, but it is also essential in running our household appliances as well as the heavy industrial machinery which powers modern societies.

Most of the electricity generated today uses coal, nuclear, or hydro power. As demand for electricity continues to increase, new resources must be exploited. Designing more efficient appliances and better utilization of existing resources can also help extend the lifetime of our valuable fossil reserves and maintain the quality of the air and environment.


(1) Toossi Reza, "Energy and the Environment:Sources, technologies, and impacts", Verve Publishers, 2005

Further Reading

Bureau of Naval Personnel, Basic Electricity, Dover Publishing Company.

The Environmental Effects of Electricity Generation, IEEE, 1995.

The Electricity Journal, Direct Science Elsevier Publishing Company, This journal addresses issues related to generating power from natural gas-fired cogeneration and renewable energy plants (wind power, biomass, hydro and solar).

International Journal of Electrical Power and Energy Systems, Direct Science Elsevier Publishing Company.

Home Power Magazine (http://www.homepower.com).

External Links

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (http://www.ferc.gov).

Energy Information Agency, Department of Energy (http://www.eia.doe.gov/fuelelectric.htm).

California Energy Commission (http://www.energy.ca.gov/electricity).

National Council on Electricity Policy (http://www.ncouncil.org).

Southern California Edison (http://www.sce.com).

Pacific Gas and Electric (http://www.pge.com).