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T. B. Simon Power Plant

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Basics about Michigan State University's T.B. Simon Power Plant

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T.B. Simon Power Plant East Lansing Mi

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Imagine the T.B. Simon Power Plant Boilers as tea kettles

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MSU T.B. Simon Power Plant - Its Controversy & Transition.

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T.B. Simon Power Plant Catches Fire at MSU

T.B. Simon Power Plant is a multi-fuel cogeneration facility located on the East Lansing campus of Michigan State University. With a peak electrical output of 99.3 megawatts and a pressurized steam generation capacity of 1.3 million pounds per hour, it is one of the 500 largest power plants and the largest on-campus coal-burning plant in the United States. The Simon Power Plant is the principal energy provider to the 45,000-student main campus, meeting approximately 97% of all energy demand. Pressurized steam is distributed throughout the campus through an extensive network of tunnels to provide both heating and cooling to approximately 500 instructional, research, and residential buildings located on more than 5,000 acres (2,000 ha). Electrical power is distributed through the same tunnels, making the campus relatively immune from outages due to weather. The primary fuel for T. B. Simon is coal with natural gas as an alternative, although with the 1993 addition of Unit No. 4 the plant acquired the capability of burning biofuel. Simon's east smokestack identifies its operator with the letters M S U in white brick.
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