Coal-fired power plants, often regarded as polluting relics in an era of clean energy, are making a comeback in the government's thinking as an official study says the rapid growth in solar projects needs to be matched with new investment in steady, 24x7 electricity supply from thermal projects.
There are 999 wind-powered electric plants in the United States. They generated 6 percent of the nation's electricity last year.. Wind is the fastest-growing power source, finding a home in the Great Plains, where wind blows reliably across wide open spaces.
Duke Energy has been using coal to produce electricity in the Carolinas since 1911. Those first coal-fired plants (in Greensboro, N.C., and Greenville, S.C.) only supplemented the company's use of hydroelectricity. In the 1920s, the growing demand for electricity began to outstrip the availability of hydroelectric generation.
N ot so long ago, alchemists dreamed of turning cheap and ugly metals into valuable ones like gold. Power plants (also called power stations) pull off a similar trick, converting lumps of coal and drops of oil into zaps of electric current that can cook your dinner or charge your phone.
Coal-fired power plants, which produce almost half of the country's electricity, have significant impacts on water quantity and quality in the United States. Water is used to extract, wash, and sometimes transport the coal; to cool the steam used to make electricity in the power plant; and to control pollution from the plant.
Members of the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and of the US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee criticized ongoing Trump administration efforts to bail out coal-fired power plants that are increasingly unable to compete economically with facilities that use natural gas.
On December 16, 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the first national standards to reduce mercury and other toxic air pollution from coal- and oil-fired power plants. More than 20 years after the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments, some power plants still do not control emissions ...
BEIJING • When China halted plans for more than 100 new coal-fired power plants this year, even as US President Donald Trump vowed to "bring back coal" in America, the contrast seemed to confirm Beijing's new role as a leader in the fight against climate change.
Coal-fired electricity generation is far cleaner today than ever before. The popular misconception that our air quality is getting worse is wrong, as shown by EPA's air quality data. Modern coal plants, and those retrofitted with modern technologies to reduce pollution, are a success story and are ...