Water is heated by burning coal and the steam rises up and turns a turbine which has magnets attached to it which starts the flow of electrons in the wire. The electrons are carried between the copper atoms until it reaches the other end of the wire.
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Last edited at 10:09PM on 3/30/2013
What? The most common way of making electricity is a generator - in which copper coils are spun rapidly inside a powerful magnetic field. ALL methods use this machine to actually generate the electricity!!! The power to spin the generator is provided by fast-flowing water or by steam pressure - depending on what immediate source is available. Even a nuclear power station is only a fancy steam boiler to drive the power turbines - the central generator that is common to EVERY power station. The only source of power that doesn't use steam turbines and generators are solar panels, where the electricity is generated by converting sunlight directly to electrons in a circuit. Some chemical reactions generate electricity, but none are significant sources of high voltage electrical power....