Chapter 15

Back to Basics

Enhancing Efficiency in the Generation and Delivery of Electricity

Clark W. Gellings, Fellow, Electric Power Research Institute

1 Introduction

This book is mostly about reducing electricity consumption once electricity is delivered to end-users. However, this chapter is about reducing electricity consumption during the process of production and delivery of electricity. Power producers and transmission and distribution utilities use electricity to produce and deliver electricity, and there are significant opportunities to reduce this electricity use. In power plants, these uses include power for plant auxiliaries or “parasitic loads” such as electric motors to power pumps and fans, power for environmental controls, power ...

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