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A nuclear reactor is a facility that produces electricity by turning turbines with steam that is produced by boiling water with radioactive material. The radioactive material is usually uranium-235, consisting of small c... More »

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The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission, or NRC, lists all active nuclear power reactor units in the country on its website, nrc.gov. As of 2015, the NRC has record of 61 operating nuclear power plants containing... More »

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There are two nuclear power plants in operation in Texas as of 2014. They are the South Texas Project and the Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant. Both plants have twin reactors. More »

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Hydroelectric generators harness the power of water being forced through a dam to turn the blades of turbines, generating electricity. These plants work with gravity instead of steam as is the case with coal-fired power ... More »

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