The power grid, also referred to as the electric grid or simply "the grid," is a term used to describe the electricity network in our country. This grid includes electricity generation (power plants, wind farms, solar fields); electric power transmission (high-voltage wires spanning the country); and electricity distribution (the wires you see on your street).
The electric grid connects our homes, schools, businesses and cities through a network of power lines to diverse energy sources. America’s electric grid is one of the great feats of 20th-century engineering, supporting the country’s industrial and economic growth.
Today’s grid is a highly integrated nationwide network of transmission lines and control facilities that interconnect with electrical generation that serves millions of customers. Now, more investment is needed to ensure that we have a modern, flexible and resilient grid to serve 21st-century needs.