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that is very accurate.
Originally posted by AQuestion
reply to post by remembering
It is not quite the way you imagine. Each power plant is local and has a primary service area, it is also able to buy and sell energy from other service areas. The idea is one of "peak load". One of the problems with green energy is that it cannot adjust to peak load as they cannot just burn more coal, oil or natural gas. By integrating the power grids it allows people to have energy even if their power plant is not making any.
Originally posted by allenidaho
The government does not own or operate any portion of the electrical grid. The most they have to do with it is regulatory control over nuclear plants.
It is up to the privately owned power companies to decide how many generation facilities to have and where to put them. As long as they have the money and permission to build, they can build as many as they like.
But the cost to build and operate these facilities are very high. Far too high to have one in every city.