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A And N Electric Cooperative - Tangier Island Power Plant

4463 Janders Rd, Tangier, VA, 23440

Aep Glen Lyn Power Plant

205 Houston Ln, Glen Lyn, VA, 24093

Ameresco Stafford Power Plant

481 Eskimo Hl Rd, Stafford, VA, 22554

Bear Garden Generating Station

2608 C G Woodson Rd, New Canton, VA, 23123

Birchwood Power Facility

10900 Birchwood Ln, King George, VA, 22485

Boydton Plank Road Cogen Power Plant

25505 Weakley Rd, Petersburg, VA, 23803

Brasfield Power Plant

21511 Chesdin Rd, Petersburg, VA, 23803

Chesapeake Energy Center Power Plant

2701 Vepco St, Chesapeake, VA, 23323

Chesterfield Power Station

500 Coxendale Rd, Chester, VA, 23836

Cogentrix Virginia Leasing Corp Power Plant

1 Wild Duck Ln, Portsmouth, VA, 23703

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Coleman Falls Power Plant

6007 Lee Jackson Highway, Coleman Falls, VA, 24536

Commonwealth Chesapeake Power Station

White Oak Way, New Church, VA, 23415

Conectiv Energy Power Plant

Taylor Rd, Accomac, VA, 23301

Covanta Alexandria/Arlington, Inc Power Plant

5301 Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria, VA, 22304

Danville Kentuck Road Power Plant

1865 Kentuck Rd, Ringgold, VA, 24586

Danville New Design Power Plant

131 Maplewood Ave, Danville, VA, 24540

Danville Westover Power Plant

111 Hereford Ln, Danville, VA, 24541

Dean Drive Area Electric Generators Power Plant

9723 Dean Dr, Manassas, VA, 20110

Degs Of Narrows Power Plant

3520 Virginia Ave, Narrows, VA, 24124

Dominion - Bath County Power Station

316 Power Sta Rd, Warm Springs, VA, 24484

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Dominion - Northern Neck Combustion Turbine Statio Power Plant

819 Indian Fld Rd, Warsaw, VA, 22572

Dominion Clover Power Station

Clover Rd, Clover, VA, 24534

Dominion Resources - Bremo Power Station

1038 Bremo Blf Rd, Bremo Bluff, VA, 23022

Dominion Resources Inc Gordonsville Power Station

115 Red Hl Rd, Gordonsville, VA, 22942

Dominion Resources Inc Yorktown Power Station

1600 Waterview Rd, Yorktown, VA, 23692

Dominion Surry - Gravel Neck Power Station

5570 Hog Is Rd, Surry, VA, 23883

Dominion Virginia Power - Darbytown Power Plant

6001 Fergus Boulevard, Richmond, VA, 23231

Dominion-Pittsylvania Power Station

821 Grit Rd, Hurt, VA, 24563

Dominion/Lo Mar Power Plant

10304 Central Park Dr, Manassas, VA, 20110

Elizabeth River Combustion Turbine Station

2837 S Military Highway, Chesapeake, VA, 23323

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Emporia Power Plant

767 N Main St, Emporia, VA, 23847

Fauquier County Sanitary Landfill Power Plant

6438 College St, Warrenton, VA, 20187

Firstenergy Luray Power Plant

650 Power Dm Rd, Luray, VA, 22835

Gateway Gen Power Plant

10509 Wakeman Dr, Manassas, VA, 20110

General Electric Company Power Plant

12025 Lucky Hl Rd, Remington, VA, 22734

Georgia Pacific Corp - Big Island Mill Power Plant

9363 Lee Jackson Highway, Big Island, VA, 24526

Godwin Drive Power Plant

9898 Godwin Dr, Manassas, VA, 20110

Halifax Power Plant

2193 Mtain Rd, Halifax, VA, 24558

Harrisonburg Resource Recovery Facility

1630 Drr Dr, Harrisonburg, VA, 22801

Henrico Power Plant

10610 Fords Country Ln, Glen Allen, VA, 23059

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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.