Superpower: Its Genesis and Future (Classic Reprint)
The need of a respite, after a continuous activity of fifteen years, led me in 1919 to the Rockies of Colorado - but the stimulating climate would not permit of complete relaxation.
Perhaps it was the vastness of the outlook from the mountains that led me to take a broader view of the problems involved in the work I had left behind - problems that had been faced too closely in the daily routine to be seen in proper perspective.
In such an atmosphere, there came to me the thought of a better use, through orderly co-ordination, of the great forces used in the electric utility field for the benefit of its dependents - the more important ones of which were industry and transportation.
In our profession, we have been building fast and building well, but not always in co-ordination.
There is virtue in our national motto e pluribus unum - too frequently forgotten.
The thought came to me that we needed greater confidence in each other, more unity of effort and broader co-ordination in power production and utilization. To express this, the composite word superpower suggested itself. Its meaning has been perhaps intentionally misrepresented and misunderstood by some who have tried to read into the name the thought of a giant controlling corporation, whereas that is obviously not its intent. Perhaps interconnection would have been a happier word, yet this, too, could have been misinterpreted by willing critics.
The great advantage of superpower lies in its utilization of the law of diversity economy. No two industries and no two towns create identically co-incident demand for power and no two generating units produce their power at equal cost - hence if many industries and towns are on interconnected lines, existing and new power plants are able to give a more adequate, reliable, and economic service, since marked savings can be effected in annual investment and operating costs.
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