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Power Plants in the Mid-Atlantic Region

Power plants are a major contributor of air pollution. Nationwide, they contribute the majority of sulfur dioxide emissions (see National Summary of Sulfur Dioxide Emissions) and more than a third of greenhouse gas emissions (see Percentage CO2 from Fossil Fuels by Sector for States/Region/Nation). This page provides information on power plants in the Mid-Atlantic region (EPA Region 3), including their location, fuel used and percentage contribution of power generation by fuel types. All data on this page is based on 2009 data provided by eGRID (for more detail see note below).



Map of Power Plants in the Mid-Atlantic Region

Note: the map below has been updated to reflect 2009 eGRID data.

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Note: the facility locations are approximations only.

About the data: source of data used for this map is eGRID which comes from facilities that provide power to the electric grid and report data to the U.S. government. eGRID integrates many different federal data sources on power plants and power companies, from three different federal agencies: EPA, the Energy Information Administration (EIA), and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

Abbreviations:

NOx - nitrogen oxides
SO2 - sulfur dioxide
CO2 - carbon dioxide
CH4 - methane
N2O - nitrous oxide
Hg - mercury

MW - megawatts
> - greater than
< - less than

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Percent of Power Generated in Region 3 Power Plants by Fuel Source

Total Region 3 Emissions
Power Plant Emissions About One Third
Other About Two Thirds

Percent of Power Generated in Region 3 by Fuel Source
Coal
51.9%
Nuclear
27.5%
Natural Gas
16.0%
Petroleum
0.4%
Other
4.2%


Percent of Emissions Emitted by Region 3 Power Plants by Fuel Source

Total Region 3 Emissions
Power Plant Emissions About One Third
Other About Two Thirds

Percent of Emissions Generated in Region 3 by Fuel Source
Coal
86%
Nuclear
0%
Natural Gas
12%
Petroleum
1%
Other
1%


Percent of Power Generated in Region 3 States by Fuel Source

  DC DE MD PA VA WV Region 3 US
Coal 0% 22.1% 50.4% 44.2% 29.8% 96.2% 51.9% 42.3%
Natural Gas 35.4% 71.8% 5.5% 18.4% 27.5% 0.3% 16.0% 24.7%
Nuclear 0% 0% 34.4% 33.5% 38.3% 0% 27.5% 19.3%
Petroleum 64.6% 0.6% 0.5% 0.2% 0.8% 0.2% 0.4% 0.7%
Other 0% 5.6% 9.1% 3.8% 3.6% 3.3% 4.2% 13.0%


Region 3 Capacity Contribution by Year/Fuel

YEAR Coal Natural Gas Nuclear Petroleum Hydro & Pumped Solar and Wind Total
1990 91967.15 6698.27 29988.1 27494.98 11517.85 0.12 167666.4
1991 92575.97 9507.02 30172 27445.74 11526.63 0.12 171227.4
1992 95028.32 9798.7 30172 28080.06 11524.21 0.12 174603.3
1993 95316.12 11117.12 30172 27533.94 11536.14 0.12 175675.3
1994 95539.16 11800.91 30206.78 27376.74 11534.94 0.12 176458.5
1995 98492.6 16012.83 30238.8 21400.92 11535.18 0.12 177680.3
1996 98008.05 14258.11 30238.8 25504.27 11590.88 0.12 179600.1
1997 98066.07 18204.13 30081.04 23110.33 11533.62 0.12 180995.2
1998 97892.8 18492.32 30081.04 22202.48 11574.96 0.12 180243.6
1999 98161.96 18478.99 30081.04 22635.31 11663.52 0.12 181020.8
2000 97288 14447 30146 25309 11662 20 178852.0
2001 96451 21959 30166 28024 11658 68 188258.0
2002 96963 32540 30166 23322 11658 200 194649.0
2003 95876 40034 30686 26342 11658 396 204596.0
2004 97033 47268 30686 27370 11742 396 214099.0
2005 96817 47333 30686 26783 11902 578 213521.0
2006 96786 47858 30686 26238 11902 432 213470.0
2007 96172 47451 30686 26000 13493 718 213802.0
2008 96166 48842 30964 25441 13498 1388 214911.0
2009 96182 49160 30963 25457 13498 2164 215261.0
2010 96225 48903 30996 25450 13675 2538 215249.0
2011 96223.4 53257.8 30885.8 23900.6 14271.6 2962.6 218649.2
Total 2119231 633421.2 669259.4 562421.37 266155.53 11861.8 4250488.0


Power Plants in Region 3: Number by Fuel
  DC DE MD PA VA WV REGION 3 US
Coal 0% 22.1% 50.4% 44.2% 29.8% 96.2% 51.9% 42.3%
Natural Gas 35.4% 71.8% 5.5% 18.4% 27.5% 0.3% 16.0% 24.7%
Nuclear 0% 0% 34.4 33.5% 38.3% 0% 27.5% 19.3%
Petroleum 64.6% 0.6% 0.5% 0.2% 0.8% 0.2% 0.4% 0.7%
Other 0% 5.6% 9.1% 3.8% 3.6% 3.3% 4.2% 13.0%


Legend

Carbon-based Fuel (triangle):

large red triangle  Large Coal, >300 MW (43 plants)
red triangle  Small Coal, <300 MW (48)
large yellow triangle  Large Oil (5)
yellow triangle  Small Oil (78)
large green triangle  Large Gas (30)
green triangle  Small Gas (37)
blue triangle  Other Fossil Fuel (6)
grey triangle  Black liquor (5)
turquoise triangle  Municipal solid waste biomass compound (12)
white triangle  Landfill Gas (45)
black triangle  Digester Gas (1)
pink triangle  Wood, wood waste (0, 4)

Clean Fuel (dot):

turquoise dot  Water (54 plants)
pink dot  Nuclear (8)
bright green dot  Wind (18)
yellow dot  Solar Array (1)

 

 

 

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