The Balancing Act
So far, we have explained electricity, how it is made and how it is transported. In this chapter we will discuss how we use it and some of the challenges this presents for our Power Makers. We will cover the load curve and its division into baseload, intermediate load, and peak load. We then discuss how the Power Makers forecast what the demand will be each hour of each day. Finally, we discuss how the Power Makers maintain reliability of supply through the use of reserve capacity.