Frequently Asked Questions

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

There are about 19,243 individual generators with nameplate generation capacities of at least 1 megawatt (MW) at about 7,304 operational power plants in the United States.  A power plant may have one or more generators, and some generators may use more than one type of fuel.

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Electric Power Annual, 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: April 2, 2015


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