Power Plant / Electrical Generation
The remote Carrizo Plain's status as one of the sunniest places in the state was exploited by the solar power industry from 1983 to 1994. This was by far the largest photovoltaic array in the world, with 100,000 1' x 4' photovoltaic arrays producing 5.2 megawatts at its peak. The plant was...
The AES power plant is the only major power plant in Orange County, which otherwise gets its power from outside the county. It is located in a coastal industrial area in Huntington Beach, adjacent to the Ascon/NESI Superfund site, a gas and oil tank farm, and near a cluster of off-shore oil rigs....
Texas' first nuclear power complex is the South Texas project in Bay City, one of two nuclear plants in the state. The South Texas Project has 2 reactors. Unit1 has the highest output capability of any nuclear reactor in the country: 1,251 megawatts. The South Texas unit 2, has the second...
Probably the second largest  coal-fired power plant in the country (in terms of out put), generating 3.2 million kilowatts. This plant was rated as the worst emitter of toxic chemicals (19.5 million pounds) in the country in 1998. It is owned by the Georgia Power Company, which itself is owned...
In a state dominated by some of the largest hydropower projects in the world, the big coal-fired power plant at Centralia is an anomaly. The plant was built in 1972, and was fueled by coal mined in the nearby hills, until the mine's closure in 2006. It produces over 1,330 megawatts, and is...
American Electric Power, the nation's largest electrical utility, has bought the 200 or so lots that make up the small Ohio River town of Cheshire for $20 million, and is expected to tear down the buildings after they are vacated. The company, seeking more of a buffer zone around its James Gavin...
The 995-megawatt Cholla Power Plant, located in northeastern Arizona near Holbrook, burns coal from the McKinley Mine in New Mexico. Operated by APS (Arizona Power Service), which also operates the 4,000 MW Palo Verdes nuclear plant, and the 2,000 MW Four Corners coal plant, and a few other smaller...
The Contra Costa County Power Plant, built in 1953, and now owned by Mirant, is a 680 megawatt natural gas fired plant that supplies the Bay Area with electricity. A planned expansion of the plant would nearly double its output. Natural gas is the primary source of energy for Bay Area power plants...
Bechtel built the 880 megawatt Delta Energy Center for San Jose-based Calpine Corporation. The plant also generate steam for Dow's chemical plant, nearby. This is a major energy and industry corridor for the Bay region.
One of the largest "waste-to-energy" plants in the country, this one handles 3,300 tons per day. Owned and operated by Detroit Renewable Power, which is an independent subsidiary of Detroit Renewable Energy (a consortium of renewable-energy generation and distribution companies formed in...
As much as 1,600 tons per day of trash is converted into energy here at this plant, finished in 1994. Billed as the "world's most technologically advanced trash-to-energy plant" by its parent company WMX Technologies, the large waste-handling company. The stack is 386 feet tall.
A nuclear power plant with a single 520-foot-tall cooling tower. Located on a 2,300-acre site on the east bank of the Mississippi River, Grand Gulf opened in 1982, and reached full capacity in 1985. The plant has an output capacity of 1,300 megawatts. A planned second reactor was never built....
For nearly 20 years this is the largest, in output, commercial solar power plant in the world, generating around 160 megawatts at its peak. It is one of three separately owned sites within 40 miles of one another, that make up the nine solar fields in the Solar Electric Generating System (SEGS)....
One of the larger "waste-to-energy" plants in the country, this one handles 1,650 tons per day. Operated by the Covanta Corporation, which operates over 25 waste-to-energy plants, more than any other company.
Several geothermal facilities generate electricity from hot brine that bubbles up from the ground in the Imperial Valley, at the southern end of the Salton Sea. The two plants at Heber generate around 50 megawatts and are operated by the Covanta Energy Company.
One of the larger "waste-to-energy" plants in the country, this one handles over 2,000 tons per day at a 23.5 acre site. Operated by the Covanta Corporation.
The Intermountain Generating Station is the central component of Intermountain Power Project, a $4.5 billion project to supply electricity to Southern California and other markets. The plant was built in this remote part of west-central Utah, in the Sevier Desert, and is connected directly to the...
The Los Medanos Energy Center is a Calpine natural gas-fired power plant. The total energy output for this eight mile stretch of shore is as much as 4,500 megawatts, the largest electricity producing area in California. One megawatt is equivalent to the needs of 1,000 homes.
This complex of three nuclear power plants, Millstone reactor numbers 1, 2, and 3, constitute New England's largest electrical generating facility, when they operate. Millstone 1, built during 1966 and 1970, shut down in 1995 and is slated to be decommissioned. The other reactors went online in...
A large (1,580 MW) coal-fired power plant that served Las Vegas and Southern California. Notable because it used coal that was piped-in from the Black Mesa Mine, 273 miles away, in Arizona. The coal was crushed and mixed with water at the mine, a process that used a billion gallons of water a year...
The fourth largest (in output) coal-fired power plant in the country, with a total output of 3,300 megawatts. It is owned by the Detroit Edison Company. About 500 of the approximately 3,000 power plants in the United States use coal.
Nuclear power plant with two units (reactors) that generate over 1,700 megawatts. Suffered a blackout of its electrical systems in the control room in 1991, which prompted the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to close the plant down for a few weeks. Acquired from Mohawk Power Corporation by...
One of the largest nuclear power plants in the country, and one of a few operated by Duke Energy. Has a vistor's center and a science exhibit oriented towards school groups, called Duke Energy's World of Energy.
A nuclear power plant on Lake Michigan, with a single reactor. This facility includes more than twenty 16-foot-tall casks used for storage of radioactive spent fuel rods, each containing 30 tons. One of a growing number of nuclear power plants opting to store their waste in above-ground containers...
Now the only nuclear power plant operating in Massachusetts, Pilgrim Station is located a few miles down the coast from Plymouth Rock. Like many similar plants, it was constructed by Bechtel, and is powered by a General Electric reactor and generator. Built at a cost of $231 million in 1972 by...
Around the bend from Port Chicago, Suisun Bay begins its industrial stretch, starting with the largest power plant on the Bay, the Pittsburg Power Plant, a 2,022 megawatt natural gas-fired plant, built in 1954, and expanded in the 1970's with the addition of the 700 megawatt Unit 7. The plant is...
Possibly the largest (in output) coal-fired power plant in the country. 3.3 million kilowatts. This plant was rated as the worst emitter of carbon dioxide in the country in 1999. It is owned by the Georgia Power Company, which itself is owned by one the largest electrical utilities in the country,...
This cluster of seven geothermal plants is the largest of three major geothermal energy production sites in the Imperial Valley. A network of deep wells drilled in the geothermal field allow water, heated by the earth's mantle, to come to the surface and to power electrical generators. Owned by the...
The 4,000 or so windmills on these twelve square miles of land produce energy for about 100,000 homes. Though an impressive site, it is actually the smallest of the three major wind arrays in California (others are at Tehachapi Pass, and Altamont). This is still the third largest windfarm in the...
SEGS 3-7 (Kramer Junction) is a 150-megawatt solar power plant. It is one of three separate sites within 40 miles of one another which make up a total of nine solar fields in the Solar Electric Generating System (SEGS). Together these three facilities can generate about 354 megawatts at peak output...