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Baltimore Refuse Energy Facility

1801 Annapolis Rd, Baltimore, MD, 21230

Genon Mid Atlantic Dickerson Generating Station

21200 Martinsburg Rd, Dickerson, MD, 20842

Goddard Steam Power Plant

Hersey Rd, Indian Head, MD, 20640

Howard Alfa Ridge Landfill Power Plant

2350 Marriottsville Rd, Marriottsville, MD, 21104

Millersville Landfill Power Plant

389 Burns Crossing Rd, Severn, MD, 21144

Montgomery County Oaks Lfge Power Plant

6001 Olney Laytonsville Rd, Gaithersburg, MD, 20882

Montgomery Resource Recovery Facility

21204 Martinsburg Rd, Dickerson, MD, 20842

Morgantown Generating Station

12620 Crain Highway, Newburg, MD, 20664

Mount Saint Marys College Power Plant

16300 Old Emmitsburg Rd, Emmitsburg, MD, 21727

Panda Brandywine Cogeneration Facility

16400 Mattawoman Dr, Brandywine, MD, 20613

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Prince Georges County Brown Station Roa Power Plant

3500 Brown Sta Rd, Upper Marlboro, MD, 20774

Reichs Ford Landfill Power Plant

9031 Reichs Ford Rd, Frederick, MD, 21704

Solo Cup Operating Corp Power Plant

10100 Reisterstown Rd, Owings Mills, MD, 21117

Us Public Health Service National Institutes Of Health Power Plant

9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD, 20892

Westport Power Plant

2133 Kloman St, Baltimore, MD, 21230

Virginia

Ameresco Stafford Power Plant

481 Eskimo Hl Rd, Stafford, VA, 22554

Birchwood Power Facility

10900 Birchwood Ln, King George, VA, 22485

Covanta Alexandria/Arlington, Inc Power Plant

5301 Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria, VA, 22304

Dean Drive Area Electric Generators Power Plant

9723 Dean Dr, Manassas, VA, 20110

Dominion/Lo Mar Power Plant

10304 Central Park Dr, Manassas, VA, 20110

Fauquier County Sanitary Landfill Power Plant

6438 College St, Warrenton, VA, 20187

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Gateway Gen Power Plant

10509 Wakeman Dr, Manassas, VA, 20110

General Electric Company Power Plant

12025 Lucky Hl Rd, Remington, VA, 22734

Godwin Drive Power Plant

9898 Godwin Dr, Manassas, VA, 20110

I 95 Landfill Phase Ii Power Plant

9898 Furnace Rd, Lorton, VA, 22079

I 95 Municipal Landfill Phase I Power Plant

9898 Furnace Rd, Lorton, VA, 22079

King George Landfill & Recycling Center Power Plant

10376 Bullock Dr, King George, VA, 22485

Manassas City - Church Street Power Generation Fac Power Plant

8885 Church St, Manassas, VA, 20110

Ogden Martin Sys Of Fairfax Power Plant

9898 Furnace Rd, Lorton, VA, 22079

Old Dominion Electric Co-Op Marsh Run Generation Facility

12109 Lucky Hl Rd, Remington, VA, 22734

Possum Point Power Station

19000 Possum Pt Rd, Dumfries, VA, 22026

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Vmea 1 Credit Gen Power Plant

9898 Godwin Dr, Manassas, VA, 20110

Vmea Peaking Gen Power Plant

9898 Godwin Dr, Manassas, VA, 20110

Water Treatment Plant Generators Power Plant

14329 Glenkirk Rd, Nokesville, VA, 20181

District Of Columbia

Gsa Central Heating Power Plant

325 13th St SW, Washington, DC, 20228

Pennsylvania

Allegheny Energy Chambersburg Power Plant

Alleman Rd, Chambersburg, PA, 17202

Genon Rema Orrtanna Elec Generating Sta Power Plant

Knoxlyn Rd, Gettysburg, PA, 17325

Genon Wholesale Gen Lp/Hunterstown Plt Power Plant

1731 Hunterstown Rd, Gettysburg, PA, 17325

Hunterstown Combined Cycle Power Plant

1731 Hunterstown Rd, Gettysburg, PA, 17325

Ingenco Mountain View Power Plant

5074 Buchanan Trl W, Greencastle, PA, 17225

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About Power Plants

Power plants (or power stations) convert "fossil fuels" (coal, natural gas and oil) into electric power. Most of the things we do every day and much of the stuff we use owe much gratitude to these energy factories. 

There are several types of power plants; the ones that are generating heat in some way are called thermal power plants. One such thermal plan is a steam turbine. Steam flows into the turbine through the huge pipes thereby turning the windmill-like turbine. As it spins, it turns the electricity generator connected to it thus generating power for the grid.

Natural gas plants work in a slightly different way that's quite similar to how a jet engine works. Instead of making steam, they burn a steady stream of gas and use that to drive a slightly different design of turbine (called a gas turbine) instead.
Nuclear power plants work in a similar way to simple cycle coal or oil plants but, instead of burning fuel, they smash atoms apart to release heat energy. This is used to boil water, generate steam and drive a steam turbine and generator in the usual way. 

While all these types of power plants are essentially thermal (generating and releasing heat to drive a steam or gas turbine), two other very common types don't use any heat whatsoever. Hydroelectric and pumped storage plants are designed to funnel vast amounts of water past enormous water turbines which drive generators directly. 

In a hydroelectric plant, a river is backed up behind a massive concrete dam. The water can escape through a relatively small opening in the dam called a penstock and, as it does it makes the turbines spin. As long as the river flows, the turbines spin and the dam generates hydroelectric power. 

A single large power plant can generate enough electricity (about 2,000 megawatts) to supply a couple of hundred thousand homes, the same amount of power you could make with about 1000 large wind turbines working 24/7. 

Electricity is brilliant, but it's also very dangerous. Power plants and transmission lines carry electricity at incredibly high voltages—thousands of times greater than those used in your home. Playing anywhere near power equipment is extremely dangerous. Don't fly a kite near power lines or play soccer nearby.