6th December 2019

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Why is electricity transmitted at high voltage and low current?

When a current flows through a wire some energy is lost as heat. The higher the current, the more heat is lost. To reduce these losses, the National Grid transmits electricity at a low current. This needs a high voltage.

Similarly one may ask, how is current transmitted?

Losses. Transmitting electricity at high voltage reduces the fraction of energy lost to resistance, which varies depending on the specific conductors, the current flowing, and the length of the transmission line. Long-distance transmission is typically done with overhead lines at voltages of 115 to 1,200 kV.

How electricity is delivered to our homes?

Electricity is delivered to consumers through a complex network. Electricity is generated at power plants and moves through a complex system, sometimes called the grid, of electricity substations, transformers, and power lines that connect electricity producers and consumers.

How power is lost in transmission?

Losses. Transmitting electricity at high voltage reduces the fraction of energy lost to resistance, which varies depending on the specific conductors, the current flowing, and the length of the transmission line. For example, a 100 mi (160 km) span at 765 kV carrying 1000 MW of power can have losses of 1.1% to 0.5%.
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