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At the other extreme, [[Data|Commander Data]] once said the ship's reactor was generating "12.75 billion gigawatts per (second)"<ref>TNG "True Q"</ref>.  This is a nonsensical statement, since watts per second is not a unit of power.  The word "second" was actually cut off by an alarm in the episode, but it does appear in the script, so we have a reasonable idea of what Data's next word would have been.  To add to the inaccuracy, Data was responding to a statement about the amount of ''energy'' in the warp core, which should be in either joules or watts ''multiplied by time'', not watts divided by anything.
 
At the other extreme, [[Data|Commander Data]] once said the ship's reactor was generating "12.75 billion gigawatts per (second)"<ref>TNG "True Q"</ref>.  This is a nonsensical statement, since watts per second is not a unit of power.  The word "second" was actually cut off by an alarm in the episode, but it does appear in the script, so we have a reasonable idea of what Data's next word would have been.  To add to the inaccuracy, Data was responding to a statement about the amount of ''energy'' in the warp core, which should be in either joules or watts ''multiplied by time'', not watts divided by anything.
  
Despite the officers' statements, a plan to use the ship to stabilize the orbit of a small moon suggests considerably more than one terawatt of power generation, as much as 21,000 TW<ref>TNG "Deja Q" -- changing the velocity of a 6E13 kg mass by 4 km/s within 7 hours</ref>.  Attempting to move this moon pushed the ''Enterprise'' to its limits, but it would have been a trivial task if the ship could have applied even a small fraction of 12.75 billion gigawatts (12.75 million terawatts) to the task.
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Despite the officers' statements, a plan to use the ship to stabilize the orbit of a small moon suggests considerably more than one terawatt of power generation, but far less than 12.75 million terawatts.  Although it was never successfully completed (and the need to do so was eventually removed by [[Q]]), the proposed plan would require approximately 21,000 TW<ref>TNG "Deja Q" -- changing the velocity of a 6E13 kg mass by 4 km/s within 7 hours</ref> of power to work.  Attempting to move this moon pushed the ''Enterprise'' to its limits, but it would have been a trivial task if the ship could have applied even a small fraction of 12.75 billion gigawatts to the task.
  
 
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