a station at which are located prime movers, electric generators, and auxiliary equipment for converting mechanical (water, wind,) chemical (fossil fuels) and/or nuclear energy into electric energy
This is where electricity is produced. A generator is similar to a water pump. While a water pump creates water pressure causing water to flow, a generator produces electrical pressure to push electricity through the wires. Typically, this pressure is accomplished by converting a mechanical energy source to electrical energy (electricity). Examples of mechanical energy sources used at generating stations include steam under pressure that was heated by burning natural gas, coal, or nuclear fusion, or blades being turned by the power of the wind. This mechanical energy is then converted to electrical energy through a spinning shaft turning large magnets. Stationary coils of copper wire surround these rotating magnets. This rotating action causes electrons (packets of electrical energy) to move from atom to atom in the copper wire of the coils. This motion of electrons in the copper wire is electricity.