Find power plants. Power plants produce electric energy through means of harnessing solar, wind turbine, biomass, hydroelectric and tidal, nuclear, alternative, renewable, natural resources, coal, oil, gas and geothermal power.
What is a Power Plant?
Power plants or power stations are public or private installations that produce electrical energy, or electricity. Energy in the U.S. is mostly produced by burning fossil fuels such as coal, natural gas, and petroleum, yet the abundance of water resources in some states has made hydroelectric power plants the second-largest source of electricity. Environmental protection, climate change and the increase of greenhouse gas effects have driven a move toward renewable natural resources like solar power, wind, geothermal, tidal and biomass resources. Many people still support the use of nuclear power production because of its low cost.
Power Plants are responsible for
- Providing electricity for heating, air conditioning, and other household needs of Americans.
- Energy supply for railroad electrification.
- Supplying manufacturing processes with electrical energy. Power plants are located near most large manufacturers.
- Using renewable energy resources to develop environmentally-friendly energy sources. These sources utilize perpetual energy resources more efficiently and also enhance people's quality of life and health by minimizing smog emissions and promoting recycling of waste.
Are there different types of Power Plants?
Yes. Most are fueled by coal, gas, diesel and other fossil fuels, but an increasing number are fueled by renewable resources including solar energy, geothermal energy, and hydroelectric energy.