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How much does it cost to build different types of power plants in the United States?

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) publishes estimates for the capital costs for different types of electricity generators in Cost and Performance Characteristics of New Generating Technologies, Annual Energy Outlook 2016 (from the Annual Energy Outlook 2016).

In June 2016, EIA published Construction cost data for electric generators installed in 2013, and it expects to publish construction cost data for generators installed in 2014 and in 2015 in August 2016 and October 2016, respectively.

Last updated: August 8, 2016


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