It is easy to take for granted our ready access to critical resources like clean air and water, safe and plentiful food, modern health care and well-maintained roadways. Appreciated perhaps least of all is affordable, reliable electricity – which in many ways makes all of those other things possible. Remember, it is electricity that ensures water treatment plants, refrigerated storage, medical equipment and street lights continue to function.
How else does electricity work around the clock to improve our lives? Consider these examples:
Though rural America lacked electricity for decades after our major cities saw the light, today’s farms and ranches expertly harness the power of electrification to feed the world. Not only are agricultural operations as reliant as other businesses on computers, cell phones and other hi-tech tools, but they lean heavily on electric equipment such as automated milking machines and pumps that drive irrigation systems. These machines can lead to large monthly electric bills, meaning farmers and ranchers are particularly sensitive to energy prices being driven up by unnecessary regulations.
As much as an individual consumer might cherish the invisible force that spins a washing machine, lifts a garage door and chills ice cream, so too do entire communities depend on affordable, reliable electricity to grow and diversify their economies. Companies looking to relocate or expand value such assets as a skilled workforce, affordable real estate and access to transportation, but they also want to know about electricity. Is there enough capacity to support a new office building, warehouse, manufacturing facility or data center? Is power reliable? Is it reasonably priced?
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