The construction of the electrical Power grid was characterized as the “Greatest Engineering Achievement of the 20th Century” by the National Academy of Engineering . In the early days of the grid, most Power generation units burned fossil fuels including large amounts of coal to generate steam in order to power turbines that in turn drive AC-generators. Initially the fossil fuel burning generation units were complemented by hydro-power stations that represented among the earliest implementations of renewable energy. Today Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) professionals are working hard to modernize the Electric Grid with the principal goals to increase reliability and move towards a much more sustainable and environmentally friendly energy generation portfolio.
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