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Fossil fuel

Fossil fuel:  An energy source formed in the Earth's crust from decayed organic material. The common fossil fuels are petroleum, coal, and natural gas.

Fossil fuel electric generation:  Electric generation in which the prime mover is an internal combustion engine or a turbine rotated by high-pressure steam produced in a boiler or by a hot exhaust gas produced from the burning of fossil fuels.

Fossil fuel plant:  A plant using coal, petroleum, or gas as its source of energy.

Fossil fuel steam-electric power plant:  An electricity generation plant in which the prime mover is a turbine rotated by high-pressure steam produced in a boiler by heat from burning fossil fuels.