power plant


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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The major driver to invest in wind in many states is renewable portfolio standards, which mandate a minimum amount of electricity to come from renewable sources, like hydroelectric, wind, solar, and geothermal power plants. Umair Irfan, Vox, "4 maps that show who’s being left behind in America’s wind-power boom," 28 Mar. 2019 Another perk of living in this converted power plant? Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "This Former Power Plant Is Hiding An Impeccable Modern Home," 11 Dec. 2018 Like, 39 percent of total freshwater withdrawals in the United States are earmarked for power plants. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Wanna Pull Water Out of Air? Grab Some Ions or a Weird Sponge," 8 June 2018 The Hakluyt report quotes businessmen accusing officials in the Ministry of Electricity, including Deputy Minister Abdul Hamza Hadi Aboud, of demanding bribes before allowing power plant construction projects to go forward. Ted Mann, WSJ, "GE Seeks Power Sales in Iraq, but Report Spotlights Corruption Concerns," 18 Nov. 2018 But since then, coal power plant closures have not been reversed, and some coal plants have been added to the list of those that are scheduled to close. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Trump’s coal rescue is getting more complicated," 16 Oct. 2018 Are the transportation containers the same as the containers that spent fuel is stored in at the power plant facilities? Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Have nuclear fuel transportation cask, will travel," 3 Aug. 2018 Then environmental groups and others critical of EPA’s lack of power plant regulation for greenhouse gases could begin a new round of litigation. Niina Heikkinen, Scientific American, "Court Becoming Impatient with EPA Over Clean Power Plan," 27 June 2018 The lake is a former cooling pond for the Sutton power plant and is adjacent to three large coal-ash dumps. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "North Carolina dam at retired power plant breaches, may release coal ash into river," 21 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of power plant

1871, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of power plant

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

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Kids Definition of power plant

: a building in which electric power is generated

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