Electricity is a basic need in the modern world. We use it to power our homes, our businesses and our factories. But where does all that power come from? How is it transmitted to us? In this article, we will explore three power stations that are essential to the way we live.
1. Hoover Dam
The Hoover Dam is a power station that provides electricity to homes in Nevada, Arizona, and California. It also supplies water for irrigation in the region. The power station has an installed capacity of 2,074 megawatts (MW). This power station was built during the Great Depression by President Herbert Hoover’s administration as part of his “New Deal” program. The construction took five years to complete at a cost of $49 million dollars. The power plant went online on September 30th 1935 with one generator producing 110 MW; two generators producing 220 MW each were added later.
The dam is 726 feet tall and 1,244 feet long while the length of its base along the Colorado River stretches back 5 miles upstream from where Lake Mead begins. It is the largest power station by installed capacity in the United States and holds the record for power production overall.
The power station was designated a National Historic Landmark on October 6th, 2015 due to it being considered an “engineering marvel” that helped lift people out of poverty during the Great Depression. The power plant design also prevented flooding along the Colorado River.
2. Grand Coulee Dam
The power station at the Grand Coulee dam has an installed power capacity of 6,809 MW, making it the largest power plant by generation in the United States and one of the largest power stations in the world. The power plant is owned by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and is located in Grant County, Washington. The power station was the largest power plant when completed and was also designated a National Historic Landmark on May 22nd, 1987 due to its power producing capabilities.
The power station at the Grand Coulee dam consists of three powerhouses named “A”, “B”, and “C”, powerhouse “A” being the largest power station in terms of power output. The power plant was built during a period of high power consumption in the United States, and is considered a major achievement of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration under his New Deal program.
3. Amaretto Energy Center
The Amaretto Energy power station has an installed power generation capacity of 2,170 MW and is located in Fort Madison, Iowa. The power station was officially opened on December 17th 2010 and uses coal as its primary power source due to it being abundant in the area. It is owned by Amaretto Energy L.L.C.
The power plant also includes two natural gas power generators, power station “1” producing 705 MW while power station “2” produces 565 MW. It also consists of two flue gas desulfurization power stations, power station 3 for coal generation and power station 4 for natural gas generation. The power plant power output is enough to power 1 million homes or 800 thousand homes depending on the power source used.