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Generation (Great River Energy)

Electricity is produced with diverse energy sources and technologies at generation facilities. These facilities require the energy from fuels like coal, natural gas, hydroelectric energy and renewable energy such as solar and wind to produce electricity. Generation facilities are the first step in providing electricity to you.

Transmission (Great River Energy)

Transmission is the “interstate highway” of electricity delivery. Transmission lines move electricity from large generating facilities over long distances to local service areas, such as your town or neighborhood. Transmission lines typically consist of large steel or wood structures and wires.

Distribution (Dakota Electric)

The transition from transmission to distribution happens in a substation. High voltage power from the transmission system is converted into voltage that distribution lines can deliver to homes and businesses. Distribution provides the power that turns on and runs the appliances we use every day to keep our food fresh, our clothes clean and our homes either cool or warm.