In this section of the web site we will describe how power is generated and distributed to the communities in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

 Limerick Nuclear Power Plant Martin's Creek Steam Electric Station

How Power Generators Work

There are many different kinds of power generators, and they serve many different purposes. But power generators work very simply. First some kind of power source needs to turn gears. Those gears are made out of copper wire turned inside the generator, creating static electricity. The faster the gears turn, the more electricity is produced. The generators are connected to wires, which are connected to the source that needs electricity. Generators are powered many different ways.

Generator Power in Southeastern Pennsylvania

In Southeastern Pennsylvania power sources include hydroelectricity, nuclear energy, coal, oil, and gas. The Martin's Creek Steam Electric Station is a source for much of the energy used in the Pennridge area. Of the five major power generation methods used today to serve our region of Southeastern Pennsylvania, hydroelectricity is the most environmentally safe way to produce electricity.

Other Power Sources

Other power sources used in other areas of the country include wind power, solar energy, ocean wave or tidal power, and other methods. Biomass is another source used in some areas of the country. Biomass is using solar energy stored in plant matter (most commonly wood and wood wastes for fuel). Methane gas created from animal waste or certain plant materials is also a source of energy.