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Largest U.S. electricity generation facilities (power plants) by annual net electricity generation (2018)
Rank Facility name Primary fuel/energy source State Net generation
(megawatthours)
1 Palo Verde Nuclear Arizona 31,097,259
2 Browns Ferry Nuclear Alabama 25,397,781
3 Peach Bottom Nuclear Pennsylvania 21,680,116
4 Oconee Nuclear South Carolina 21,294,245
5 Grand Coulee Hydroelectric Washington 21,042,561
6 South Texas Project Nuclear Texas 20,687,632
7 Comanche Peak Nuclear Texas 20,498,107
8 Talen Energy Susquehanna Nuclear Pennsylvania 20,468,722
9 Byron Generation Station Nuclear Illinois 20,051,023
10 Vogtle Nuclear Georgia 19,959,126
Source: Form EIA-923, detailed data
Largest U.S. electricity generation facilities (power plants) by electricity generating capacity (2018)
Rank Facility name Primary fuel/energy source State Summer capacity
(megawatts)
1 Grand Coulee Hydroelectric Washington 7,079
2 Palo Verde Nuclear Arizona 3,937
3 West County Energy Center Natural gas Florida 3,692
4 W.A. Parish Natural gas, coal Texas 3,675
5 Browns Ferry Nuclear Alabama 3,619
6 Scherer Coal Georgia 3,440
7 Bowen Coal Georgia 3,232
8 Gibson Coal Indiana 3,132
9 Monroe Coal, petroleum Michigan 3,080
10 Crystal River Coal, natural gas Florida 3,054
Source: Form EIA-860, detailed data

Last updated: December 31, 2019