Electricity is not just a convenience; it’s a necessity. It helps us live comfortably in our homes year-round, regardless of the weather. A safe, reliable and adequate supply of electricity is essential for businesses, farms, factories, hospitals and homes. Electricity travels at the speed of light, arriving at its destination at almost the same moment it is produced. When you flip a switch, the electric power is there.
Behind the scenes, ATC employees are hard at work operating and maintaining the complex electric transmission grid so that it can reliably provide power to the homes and businesses that need it. Electric system reliability contributes to our quality of life and our economic well-being, and it is essential for economic growth.
Benefits of a reliable transmission system
- Ensures that electrically sensitive equipment — from medical devices in hospitals to personal computers at home — operates uninterrupted
- Enables local utilities to buy and sell electricity when it’s economic to do so, making electricity more affordable for everyone
- Allows businesses to confidently expand
- Enables household chores to be accomplished quickly with relatively little effort, compared with the effort required for daily living just a few generations ago