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Making Electricity About eleven years ago I was employed by Georgia Power Company I thought that it would be just another job I have come to the realization that a job is just a job if that is what it is allowed to be My job is more than just a place of employment it has turned out to be an educational experience I have learned a lot of things that the average citizen takes for granted We all wake up in the morning and turn on lights start the air conditioner or just simply use a blow dryer We never consider what goes into the making of that small amount of electricity that it takes to power all those luxuries I am one of the people that never really gave it much thought When I found out how it was made it really amazed me The making of electricity simply involves turning water into megawatts The whole electricity process starts with water The water is pumped into the plant from a near-by water supply This supply may be from a lake pond or river or maybe from a combination of these The volume of water must be in great supply because a power plant uses a large quantity of water I always wondered why most power plants were built near water Most of the water that I know of is really polluted therefore the water must be chemically cleaned before it can be used This has to happen so that when it passes through the turbine it does not damage the fragile components that make up the turbine Chemicals are added to the water while it is held in a storage tank From the storage tank the water is pumped through tubes inside the boiler Fire is an essential part of the electricity making process Coal is Georgias primary fuel for making electricity Coal
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