Photo Credit: Alex Mead
Seen here is a black and white picture of the B.C Cobb Generating Plant on Muskegon Lake in Muskegon, Michigan. B.C. Cobb is a 320 megawatt facility with a smoke stack over 600 feet tall. Western United States coal is the primary fuel burned at this facility, totaling a consumption of about one million tons of coal per year. The plant can also burn natural gas if it becomes economically viable. Power plants like this one are crucial to keeping the electric power grid energized 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.