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Electric Power Generation. EES 205. Power Plant. How a Power Plant Works. Fuel. Coal-Burning Power Plant: Bridgeport Harbor Generating Station. Coal Mine. Coal Train. Coal Pile. Coal-Fired Boiler. Steam Turbine. Electric Generator. Electric Generator. Plant Output. AC Power.

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**Electric Power Generation**EES 205**Coal-Burning Power Plant:Bridgeport Harbor Generating**Station**End Use**• .**Efficiency**Electric Power Out Efficiency = ----------------------------- Thermal Power In So, if a power plant releases thermal energy (by burning coal) at the rate of 1,500 MW and produces 500 MW of electric power, then 500 MW Efficiency = ----------------- = 1/3 = 33% 1500 MW

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