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 effects are likely to be the most serious in the Midwest, on the East Coast and in regions downwind from coal-burning power plants. Anna M. Phillips, latimes.com, "Trump moves to gut Obama climate policy and bolster the coal industry," 19 June 2019 The cap-and-trade program is made up of nine New England and Mid-Atlantic states working to reduce carbon emissions from power plants. USA TODAY, "Mural for missing women, ‘Jedi’ cremations, MRI party: News from around our 50 states," 18 June 2019 The Trump administration is expected to replace an Obama-era rule designed to limit emissions from electric power plants on Wednesday. Washington Post, "US air quality is slipping after years of improvement," 18 June 2019 The massive facility at Yucca Mountain was designed as a permanent location to house waste from nuclear power plants. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, "New Mexico’s governor comes out against nuclear waste site," 10 June 2019 Rhodium estimates power-sector emissions will decline 42% of 2005 levels by 2022, far exceeding the 32% emissions reduction sought by 2030 under the Clean Power Plan, former President Obama’s proposal for cutting emissions from power plants. Benjamin Storrow, Scientific American, "2019 Power-Sector Trends Point to a Continued Rise in U.S. Emissions," 3 June 2019 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

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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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: a building in which electric power is generated

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