How does electricity get to my property?
Here’s what it takes to get electricity to your power point.
1. Generation: electricity is generated through mixure of energy generation methods, including fossil fuel power plants (coal, gas, oil) and renewable generators (wind, water, sun).
2. Transformer: once generated, electricity is sent through transformers to increase the voltage so it can travel long distances across large transmission lines.
3. National Electricity Market: electricity is then sent across the National Electricity Market, which is made up of around 40,000km of transmission lines and cables.
4. Substation:the electricity then reaches a substation and the voltage is lowered so it can be sent to smaller power lines.
5. Distribution: electricity travels through this ‘network’ of distribution power lines managed by your distribution company, the voltage is lowered again, and the power arrives at your property.
6. Meter and house: after passing through your electricity meter so that your usage can be measured, the electricity travels through your property’s wiring to power your power points and appliances.