power plant

noun

Definition of power plant

1 : an electric utility generating station
2 : an engine and related parts supplying the motive power of a self-propelled object (such as a rocket or automobile)

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Ice around the globe contains nuclear material not just from accidents involving nuclear power plants, but also man's use of nuclear weapons. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Climate Change Could Unleash Long-Frozen Radiation," 15 Apr. 2019 However, while the coal industry was the most vocal in opposing the 2015 rules, in the subsequent years surviving coal-burning power plants have largely adapted to the regulatory environment. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "EPA to keep Obama-era mercury rules, but make it harder to tighten them," 26 Dec. 2018 Japan’s largest utility is looking to foreign blue-collar workers to help decommission its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear-power plant amid a labor shortage exacerbated by radiation risks at the site of the 2011 nuclear disaster. Mayumi Negishi, WSJ, "Japan Aims to Hire Foreigners for Nuclear Cleanup," 18 Apr. 2019 The tremor triggered landslides that crushed homes and forced a nuclear power plant onto a backup generator after it was damaged. Fox News, "At least 7 dead, dozens feared buried after quake hits northern Japan," 2 Oct. 2018 Next, take a look at BIG’s spectacular power plant in Copenhagen with a ski slope on its roof (!). Max Maeckler, Vogue, "Bjarke Ingels’s Serpentine Pavilion Is on a World Tour: First Stop, Toronto," 24 Sep. 2018 The proposal would let states relax pollution rules for power plants that need upgrades, according to a summary reviewed by The Associated Press. Fox News, "Trump EPA overhauls Obama-era regulations for coal-fired power plants," 21 Aug. 2018 The five-member utility commission sets rates for electricity and other utilities, reviews plans for large power plants and oversees regulation of taxis and other common carriers. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com, "Gov. Larry Hogan names longtime federal civil servant to lead Public Service Commission," 21 June 2018 Lawmakers also wanted to encourage more work in Cook Inlet, near Anchorage, which produces natural gas for power plants and that Alaskans use to heat their homes. Nathaniel Herz, Anchorage Daily News, "Oil companies in Alaska have applied for $800 million in cash. But lawmakers have been slow to advance the governor’s plan to pay them.," 25 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of power plant

1871, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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power plant

noun

English Language Learners Definition of power plant

US : a building or group of buildings in which electricity for a large area is produced

power plant

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Kids Definition of power plant

: a building in which electric power is generated

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