Power plants are public or private utilities that provide electricity services by generation, transmission, and distribution of electrical energy. While several states can utilize moving water for hydroelectric power generators, most must rely on burning traditional fossil fuels to produce electricity sufficient for all consumers. Some states are located near sources of natural gas and prefer that resource to others, even thou it's non-renewable. Scarcity and lack of cleanliness are the major problems associated with using fossil fuels for power plants.
Renewable energy sources such as wind, solar energy and biomass are increasingly being used to replace traditional power plants. Tidal power plants can generate large amounts of electric power in coastal regions, and geothermal power stations are also in development. There are also approximately 100 nuclear power plants operating in the U.S. today.
Can I choose my electricity provider?
In certain areas of the country, consumers can choose between various power providers. Some are power plants, and others are retail sellers of electricity.
What do I do to find Power Plant locations and information in my area?
To find locations of the power plants in your area, just use this directory.
What is the average consumption of electricity by an American household?
The average annual electricity consumption for an American household is an average of 900 kWh per month.