5. John E. Amos Power Plant, Owned by American Electric Power Company, Inc. (NASDAQ: AEP)
John E. Amos Power Plant is owned and operated American Electric Power through their subsidiary Appalachian Power. It has three units with a total capacity of 2,933 MW, which makes it the largest generating plant in the AEP system. The plants uses steam powered turbines to produce electricity. Ground up coal is pushed into boilers where it burns and turns water into steam. That steam gets sent into turbines and turns their blades. These blades power a generator that produces electricity that is stepped up by transformers. As part of an agreement between Appalachian Power and the Sierra Club an analysis is to be conducted in 2022 to determine whether the plant should be retired. The analysis will gauge market conditions and the power plant’s economic viability. The plant ranks 5th in our list of biggest coal plants in the US.
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