Ontario’s Electricity: Getting It To The People
Unless you generate your own power, your electricity comes to you through Ontario’s power grid.
When electricity leaves a power station like a hydro dam or gas plant, it travels in large amounts over long distances through high-voltage wires.
Fact: Ontario has about 30,000 kilometers of transmission wires!
It gets transformed by your utility company from the high-voltage wires to lower voltage, safe enough to reach homes and businesses.
“The Grid” is the entire network from electricity generators to electricity users.
Today we transmit power from thousands of places all over the province and in every direction.
We can’t yet store electricity efficiently.
Electricity needs to be made AND moved along the Grid and available at exactly the instant it is needed.