How Does the Electric System Work?
New York’s electric
grid consists of high-voltage transmission lines and low-voltage distribution
lines that transport electricity from power generation plants to areas that
need electricity throughout the state.
- New York
electricity generators include both regulated electric utilities and
independent power producers with diverse energy sources of generation.
- Natural gas,
nuclear power, and hydroelectricity typically provide nine-tenths of net
electricity generation, with wind, biomass, coal, and petroleum making up
- Near generation
facilities, power enters a "step-up" substation that increases
transmission lines carry the power over long distances to various parts of
- The high-voltage
lines enter a "step-down" substation, where they are transformed
into a lower-voltage for transmission within the region.
- Many large
industrial and commercial customers receive service directly from the
lower voltage transmission lines. For distribution to smaller residential
and commercial areas, the lines enter another step-down substation.
lines carry the power through towns and neighborhoods. Small transformers
on the poles reduce the electricity to 120-240 volts for each home's use.
New York State
Electric & Gas (NYSEG)
a subsidiary of AVANGRID, serves 881,000 electricity customers and 263,000
natural gas customers across more than 40% of upstate New York. Affiliated with
Iberdrola SA, AVANGRID owns eight electricity, natural gas or combination
utilities in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and New York. The utilities
serve 2.2 million electricity customers, 930,000 natural gas customers, and are
recognized for safe, reliable energy delivery, excellent customer service, and
a commitment to the community and environment.
more information, visit nyseg.com and