There are thermal power stations that generate both electricity and heat which is used for heating residential houses close to it.
- In Russian, Ukrainian, and Belorussian, it is called теплоэлектроцентраль, literally "heat and electricity central".
- The German word is Heizkraftwerk, literally "heating power plant" (a power plant that heats).
What do you call such power plant in English?
Contrary to a thermal power plant, a
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What I could find on my own
In a Wikipedia article on district heating I found the term combined heat and power plant. What I find a little confusing is that it links to an article about cogeneration which, at a first glance, looks like some modern, fancy innovation. This is definitely not true for such power plants in the ex-USSR because they have been there for decades.
According to Google NGram this term is used relatively rarely: