On-Site and the Grid
Distributing Electricity to Large Energy Users
The most common way for large energy consumers to receive power is directly from the distribution grid. With Wind for Industry® however, wind turbines are installed directly on the customer's site, so the electrons are being fed from the turbines to the factory, with no utility meter in between. One Energy gives large energy users control of their power bill by reducing their reliance on the grid and generating electricity on-site. Learn more about the difference between the traditional electricity grid option and Wind for Industry® below.
THE TRADITIONAL ELECTRIC GRID OPTION
Traditionally, large industrial energy consumers have received their power directly from the distribution grid. This process is illustrated in the diagram below. The energy source - a utility-scale wind farm, a nuclear power plant, or a coal-fired power plant, for example - is connected to a network of high-voltage power lines, called the interstate electric grid. The power traveling through this grid is anywhere between 50,000-700,000 volts, which is too high for the consumer to receive it. From here, power is sent to the distribution grid via regional substations, where the voltage is stepped down to 4,000-35,000 volts. The local electric utility company measures the power consumed by each customer by checking their electric meter, and bills the consumer each cycle.
On-site wind power generation is different. One Energy installs one or more of the same utility-scale turbines used at wind farms, but directly on the industrial consumer’s premises. Power is generated and used “behind the meter” at the consumers’ facility, directly offsetting power that would otherwise have been purchased at retail rates from the distribution grid. Any excess power generated is sent to the distribution grid. With Wind for Industry®, the facility is powered by the electrons generated from their on-site wind turbines - and the customer sees the savings.