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Power Plant

  • Aired: 04/25/2012
  • Rating: NR
In this data visualization we can see the six thousand power plants we rely on to the power the grid. These are fuelled by a mix of energy sources, like nuclear or renewables like solar and wind, as well as hydro and natural gas, but the fuel that outnumbers all of these and produces the most electricity, is coal.
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Learn more about the types of power plant in America.
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