Can you imagine  your house without electric energy ? Can you watch TV, computer or play games without electricity? Electric energy plays such an important role in our day to day life. A place of pride in this modern world is occupied by electric energy. The modern society so much depends

Energy is the ability to do work, where work is done when a force moves an object. We need and we use energy every day, and energy is available in all different forms. Electrical energy is energy that's stored in charged particles within an electric field. Electric fields are simply areas surrounding a charged particle. In other words, charged particles create electric fields that exert force on other charged particles within the field. The electric field applies the force to the charged particle, causing it to move - in other words, do work.

Electric energy can be explained by many examples. Some of them are explained below,

### Lightning

Consider lightning as an example for electric energy. As it is said before when two differently charged electric particles brought together it experiences force. In atmosphere we have water particles, ice particles etc.

The water particles are positive electric charges and the ice particles are negative electric charges. And when these electric charges build up, electric charges become enormous and jump to the earth which we call as lightning.

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Electric energy is not readily available in nature. And therefore we are in need to generate electric energy from natural sources. Electric energy generation is the conversion of other kinds of energy, mainly primary energy, into electric energy.

Generally, the process of generating electricity goes through several transformations, as there is little primary energy directly convertible into electric energy.

### True facts about electric energy

• Energy cannot be created or destroyed but it can be converted from one form to another.
• Electricity travels at the speed of light - more than 186,000 miles per second!
• A spark of static electricity can measure up to three thousand (3,000) volts.
• A bolt of lightning can measure up to three million (3,000,000) volts, and it lasts less than one second!
• Electricity always tries to find the easiest path to the ground.
• Electricity can be made from wind, water, the sun and even animal poop.
• A 600 megawatt natural gas plant can power 220,000 homes.
• The first power plant - owned by Thomas Edison - opened in New York City in 1882.
• Thomas Edison invented more than 2,000 new products, including almost everything needed for us to use electricity in our homes: switches, fuses, sockets and meters.
• Benjamin Franklin didn't discover electricity, but he did prove that lightning is a form of electrical energy

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