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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Large power plants and industrial facilities that emit CO2 also line the Gulf Coast, so one option would be to capture the gas directly from nearby smokestacks, keeping it out of the atmosphere to begin with. Mark Fischetti, Scientific American, "Climate Solution: Use Carbon Dioxide to Generate Electricity," 17 July 2019 Proposals include rejoining the Paris climate accords and instituting more stringent pollution restrictions on power plants and cars. NBC News, "Democrats have plans that 'grim reaper' Mitch McConnell won't be able to block," 14 July 2019 In April, the parliament passed sweeping legislation designed to reform the power sector, including the building of new power plants and the provision of twenty-four-hour electricity by 2020. Jane Ferguson, The New Yorker, "Why Lebanon’s People Are Turning on Their Politicians," 12 July 2019 That tracks the increasing particulate air pollution due to coal-burning power plants and manufacturing—as well as biomass burning—that has only recently been addressed. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Chinese air pollution dimmed sunlight enough to impact solar panels," 10 July 2019 Over the years, utility customers — through their rates — have paid power companies to build things like power plants and sign long-term power contracts with independent power producers. San Diego Union-Tribune, "City of San Diego predicts community choice energy can beat SDG&E rates by 5% on customers’ bills," 30 June 2019 These pollutants come primarily from automobiles, but also from other sources including industries, power plants and products such as solvents and paints, ADEQ said in a news release. Mike Cruz, azcentral, "Unhealthful air expected Sunday in Maricopa County," 29 June 2019 Action begins on the first pages, when there is a cyber-attack on a U.S. power plant and the world comes to a screeching halt. Mary Ann Grossmann, Twin Cities, "Minnesotans debut military thriller ‘Rules of Engagement’," 23 June 2019 The nuclear deal had limited Iran to enriching uranium only to 3.67%, which is enough for power plants and peaceful purposes. Jon Gambrell, BostonGlobe.com, "Iran says it will break uranium stockpile limit in 10 days," 17 June 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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Kids Definition of power plant

: a building in which electric power is generated

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