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By Dan Rogers
Manager of Member Service, Missoula Electric Cooperative 

America's Electric Grid - Adapting for the Future


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For most of us, it is hard to imagine a life without electricity, yet behind your light switch exists one of the greatest infrastructure systems ever built. Our nation's electric grid traces its origins back to the 1880's, shortly after Thomas Edison's development of a commercially viable electric light bulb. However, our grid has evolved far beyond anything Edison could have imagined – growing into the single largest interconnected machine on the planet.

The whole of the grid consists of 450,000 miles of high voltage transmission lines and approximately six million miles of distribution...

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