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Glover, David. Batteries, Bulbs, and Wires. New York: Kingfisher, 2002. Graf, Rudolf F. Safe and Simple Electrical Experiments. New York: Dover, 1973. Parker, Steve. Electricity. New York: Dorling Kindersley, 2005. Other Media Electric Nation. VHS. PBS Home Video, 2002. Tesla: Master of Lightning. VHS. PBS Home Video. Thomas A. Edison—Father of Invention. DVD. Biography Channel, 2006. htm has more information about electricity and some activities to tr y. POWER UP! The Electric Power Grid 31 Index access to electricity, 4–5, 28 Alabama, 20 Albany, 22 atoms, 14 blackouts and power failures, 7 cascade effect, 25–26 causes of, 21–24 costs, 22, 26 Eastern Interconnection blackout in 2003, 21–24 elevators and, 9 in history, 10,12 in New York, 10, 13, 21–24 restarting power stations, 24 “rolling blackouts,” 14, 26 survival kits, 11, 23 Buffalo, 22 Eastern Interconnection, 18, 22 Eastern Interconnection blackout in 2003, 21–24 electricity access to, 4–5 danger, 16 maintenance and inspection, 27 measurement of, 20 need for, 5–9, 28–29 production of, 13–17 electrons, 15–16 elevators, 9 firefighters, 22 Florida, 20 Hawaii, 18 health issues, 23, 26 kilowatts, 20 candles, 4, 5, 10 Central America, 20 Cleveland, 22 coal, 16, 17 Commonwealth Edison, 10 computers and technology, 26–28 maintenance and inspection, 27 danger, 16, 20 deaths, 26 dependency on electricity, 5–11 Detroit, 22 dispatch centers, 18 National Power Grid divisions of, 18–19, 28 interconnected resources, 20 technology and, 26–27 natural gas, 16, 17 New York, 10, 12–13, 22 nuclear energy, 17 police, 22 power grids, 14 Eastern Interconnection, 18, 20–23 National Power Grid, 18–20, 26–27 Texas Interconnection, 18 Western Interconnection, 18 power lines, 16, 25, 27 power stations, 14, 17–18 safety, 16 security, 28 South America, 20 storms, 21 substations, 16–17 survival kits, 11, 23 temperature regulation, 6–9 terrorism, 22, 28 Texas Interconnection, 18–19 Toronto, 22 training, 26–27 vandalism, 28 water, 17, 24 Western Interconnection, 18–19 World Trade Center, 22 Ohio, 11, 13, 27 oil, 17 About the Author Patricia Hynes grew up in Pennsylvania, where she climbed hills and trees and swam in the local river.

It is almost impossible to exaggerate the importance of electricity and the power grid to our 28 21st CENTURY SKILLS LIBRARY Reliable electric power has become a key part of Americans’ lives in the twenty-first century. lives. We need it to heat and cool our houses, power our factories, and run our hospitals. We need it for play, for work, and for basic living. Keeping the system up to date and safe is without question one of the major challenges in our world. POWER UP! The Electric Power Grid 29 Glossary atom [AT-uhm] small amount of material, invisible to the naked eye, that contains the electrons from which electric power is made.

Tesla: Master of Lightning. VHS. PBS Home Video. Thomas A. Edison—Father of Invention. DVD. Biography Channel, 2006. htm has more information about electricity and some activities to tr y. POWER UP! The Electric Power Grid 31 Index access to electricity, 4–5, 28 Alabama, 20 Albany, 22 atoms, 14 blackouts and power failures, 7 cascade effect, 25–26 causes of, 21–24 costs, 22, 26 Eastern Interconnection blackout in 2003, 21–24 elevators and, 9 in history, 10,12 in New York, 10, 13, 21–24 restarting power stations, 24 “rolling blackouts,” 14, 26 survival kits, 11, 23 Buffalo, 22 Eastern Interconnection, 18, 22 Eastern Interconnection blackout in 2003, 21–24 electricity access to, 4–5 danger, 16 maintenance and inspection, 27 measurement of, 20 need for, 5–9, 28–29 production of, 13–17 electrons, 15–16 elevators, 9 firefighters, 22 Florida, 20 Hawaii, 18 health issues, 23, 26 kilowatts, 20 candles, 4, 5, 10 Central America, 20 Cleveland, 22 coal, 16, 17 Commonwealth Edison, 10 computers and technology, 26–28 maintenance and inspection, 27 danger, 16, 20 deaths, 26 dependency on electricity, 5–11 Detroit, 22 dispatch centers, 18 National Power Grid divisions of, 18–19, 28 interconnected resources, 20 technology and, 26–27 natural gas, 16, 17 New York, 10, 12–13, 22 nuclear energy, 17 police, 22 power grids, 14 Eastern Interconnection, 18, 20–23 National Power Grid, 18–20, 26–27 Texas Interconnection, 18 Western Interconnection, 18 power lines, 16, 25, 27 power stations, 14, 17–18 safety, 16 security, 28 South America, 20 storms, 21 substations, 16–17 survival kits, 11, 23 temperature regulation, 6–9 terrorism, 22, 28 Texas Interconnection, 18–19 Toronto, 22 training, 26–27 vandalism, 28 water, 17, 24 Western Interconnection, 18–19 World Trade Center, 22 Ohio, 11, 13, 27 oil, 17 About the Author Patricia Hynes grew up in Pennsylvania, where she climbed hills and trees and swam in the local river.

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