Is there a way to see how far away my energy comes from?



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    Not really. The reason is because electricity is basically a fungible commodity, meaning that once it hits the grid it’s all the same; a kilowatt produced in Peoria is indistinguishable from a kilowatt generated in Los Angeles. In practical effect most of the energy you use in your home or business probably comes from a local source, which is why there’s a more or less local power company that’s going to cut you a bill for it next month. The US power grid is a complicated system of generation sources and transmission lines stretching across the country. The lines are sometimes publicly owned, sometimes privately owned, but by and large they’re interconnected, and electricity once generated doesn’t respect corporate or geographical boundaries. I’m not sure how you would go about determining whether the power flowing into your lights right at this moment has traveled 10 miles, 50 miles or 100 miles to get there, or that even if such a thing were possible if it would tell us anything of real value.

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