Frequently Asked Questions

How many and what kind of power plants are there in the United States?

There are about 19,023 individual generators at about 6,997 operational power plants in the United States with a nameplate generation capacity of at least one megawatt. A power plant can have one or more generators, and some generators may use more than one type of fuel.

Learn more:

Electric Power Annual 2012, Table 4.1: Count of Electric Power Industry Power Plants, by Sector, by Predominant Energy Sources within Plant (some plants are double-counted by fuel type in Table 4.1), and Table 4.3: Existing Capacity by Energy Source.

Downloadable databases with detailed data on individual generators and power plants.

Last updated: December 26, 2013


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