It’s your power, it’s your Cooperative. So, where does your electricity come from, anyway?
- Power is generated. Generation sources vary, but the majority of the power consumed by YEC members comes from coal and nuclear plants.
- A large transformer increases the electric voltage to travel over long distances.
- Electricity is sent to demand areas over transmission lines. The transmission lines serving YEC are either 100,000 volts or 44,000 volts.
- Transmission lines enter substations so that the voltage can be decreased and safely distributed to YEC members. YEC maintains 27 substations to serve members in 4 counties.
- YEC is a distribution cooperative, distributing electricity at 7,200 volts to more than 57,000 members on over 3,700 miles of energized line.
- Electrical voltage is stepped down again by another transformer so that it can be used to power electrical devices in your home. The standard voltage is 240.
- As you consume electricity, YEC measures the amount of energy you use from a meter mounted outside your home. The more you conserve energy, the more money you save on your power bill.