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February 22, 2024

Use of natural gas-fired generation differs in the United States by technology and region

November 20, 2023

Natural gas combined-cycle power plants increased utilization with improved technology

November 8, 2023

EIA Product Highlight: Status of U.S. Nuclear Outages

October 17, 2023

U.S. summer nuclear outages rose in 2023, returning to 2021 levels

June 14, 2023

U.S. electric power sector continues water efficiency gains

June 5, 2023

The largest coal-fired power plant in Pennsylvania will close by July 2023

April 26, 2023

U.S. coal shipments increased slightly in 2022 as power plants replenished stockpiles

March 21, 2023

Waste-to-energy plants are a small but stable source of electricity in the United States

March 1, 2023

U.S. simple-cycle natural gas turbines operated at record highs in summer 2022

February 16, 2023

Germany extends the life of its last three operating nuclear power plants until April

January 23, 2023

Nuclear power plants generated 68% of France’s electricity in 2021

December 8, 2022

U.S. battery storage capacity will increase significantly by 2025

October 19, 2022

Coal shipments to U.S. power plants fell by more than half between 2010 and 2021

October 14, 2022

Daily U.S. summer nuclear capacity outages were 19% lower this summer than last summer

August 25, 2022

Owners of coal-fired generating plants seek greater fuel flexibility

August 3, 2022

The U.S. power grid added 15 GW of generating capacity in the first half of 2022

June 15, 2022

Most combined-cycle power plants have duct burners that add energy to the turbine exhaust

April 25, 2022

Most combined-cycle power plants employ two combustion turbines with one steam turbine

January 18, 2022

New renewable power plants are reducing U.S. electricity generation from natural gas

December 20, 2021

New York’s Indian Point nuclear power plant closes after 59 years of operation

December 15, 2021

Of the operating U.S. coal-fired power plants, 28% plan to retire by 2035

December 7, 2021

In September, the United States was at its lowest coal stockpiles since 1978

October 28, 2021

Two nuclear power plants in northern Illinois reversed plans to retire early

October 1, 2021

Capacity outages at U.S. nuclear power plants averaged 3.1 gigawatts this summer

September 29, 2021

Most planned U.S. battery storage additions in next three years to be paired with solar

September 20, 2021

World’s longest-operating solar thermal facility is retiring most of its capacity

August 27, 2021

68% of U.S. coal fleet retirements since 2011 were plants fueled by bituminous coal

May 20, 2021

Natural gas combined-cycle plant use varies by region and age

May 3, 2021

U.S. spent nuclear fuel inventory steadily increased from 2013 through 2017

April 30, 2021

New York’s Indian Point nuclear power plant closes after 59 years of operation

April 15, 2021

Newer-technology natural gas-fired generators are utilized more than older units in PJM

February 23, 2021

EIA publishes a ratio of revenues-to-costs to explain power plant additions

February 22, 2021

Nuclear, pumped storage, and coal power plants are more likely to have multiple owners

December 14, 2020

Petroleum stocks at Northeast power plants have not changed much in recent years

November 19, 2020

About 25% of U.S. power plants can start up within an hour

October 22, 2020

U.S. natural gas exports to Mexico have increased in the first nine months of 2020

September 25, 2020

In 2019, 9 of the 10 highest-generating U.S. power plants were nuclear plants

September 18, 2020

U.S. nuclear capacity outages were 35% higher in summer 2020 than 2019

August 27, 2020

South Korea is one of the world’s largest nuclear power producers

August 5, 2020

More than 100 coal-fired plants have been replaced or converted to natural gas since 2011

July 30, 2020

Most U.S. utility-scale geothermal power plants built since 2000 are binary-cycle plants

May 18, 2020

Large battery systems are often paired with renewable energy power plants

March 20, 2020

Most of Hawaii’s electric battery systems are paired with wind or solar power plants

March 6, 2020

EIA’s long-term power plant projections trade off the cost and value of new capacity

February 28, 2020

EIA expands data on capacity and usage of power plants, electricity storage systems

February 7, 2020

EIA projects generation from coal and nuclear power plants will plateau after 2025

December 3, 2019

U.S. coal plant retirements linked to plants with higher operating costs

November 20, 2019

Nearly half of U.S. geothermal power capacity came online in the 1980s

October 30, 2019

Most utility-scale batteries in the United States are made of lithium-ion

October 7, 2019

Five states have implemented programs to assist nuclear power plants

October 4, 2019

U.S. nuclear outages remained low in summer and moderate in September

August 21, 2019

EIA launches redesigned Hourly Electric Grid Monitor with new data and functionality

June 5, 2019

EIA tool compares individual power plants’ generation, cooling water use, and emissions

May 17, 2019

Coal stockpiles at U.S. coal power plants were at their lowest point in over a decade

May 15, 2019

Tax credit phaseout encourages more wind power plants to be added by end of year

March 8, 2019

New U.S. power plants expected to be mostly natural gas combined-cycle and solar PV

March 4, 2019

Nuclear reactor restarts in Japan displacing LNG imports in 2019

February 26, 2019

Extreme cold in the Midwest led to high power demand and record natural gas demand

February 7, 2019

Most U.S. utility-scale solar photovoltaic power plants are 5 megawatts or smaller

January 22, 2019

EIA now publishes oil stocks at power plant level

January 14, 2019

Natural gas-burning power plant operations vary during periods of cold weather

November 9, 2018

Water withdrawals by U.S. power plants have been declining

October 15, 2018

U.S. nuclear plant outages increased in September after remaining low during summer

September 14, 2018

America’s oldest operating nuclear power plant to retire on Monday

August 8, 2018

Average U.S. construction costs for solar and wind continued to fall in 2016

July 2, 2018

Coal plant retirements and high summer electricity demand lower Texas reserve margin

April 20, 2018

Fuel cell power plants are used in diverse ways across the United States

March 29, 2018

EIA uses two simplified metrics to show future power plants’ relative economics

February 27, 2018

Natural gas power plants purchase fuel using different types of contracts

January 23, 2018

January’s cold weather affects electricity generation mix in Northeast, Mid-Atlantic

January 8, 2018

Batteries perform many different functions on the power grid

October 31, 2017

Petra Nova is one of two carbon capture and sequestration power plants in the world

September 13, 2017

Hurricane Harvey caused electric system outages and affected wind generation in Texas

August 14, 2017

South Carolina utilities stop construction of new nuclear reactors

August 7, 2017

Solar eclipse on August 21 will affect photovoltaic generators across the country

July 5, 2017

Construction costs for most power plant types have fallen in recent years

June 13, 2017

Three Mile Island is the latest nuclear power plant to announce retirement plans

March 6, 2017

U.S. wind generating capacity surpasses hydro capacity at the end of 2016

June 6, 2016

EIA publishes construction cost information for electric power generators

March 23, 2016

Wind adds the most electric generation capacity in 2015, followed by natural gas and solar

December 15, 2015

New database provides monthly inventory and status of U.S. electric generating plants

November 6, 2014

Coal stockpiles at coal-fired power plants smaller than in recent years

September 30, 2014

California’s subhourly wholesale electricity market opens to systems outside its footprint

September 9, 2014

Natural gas, solar, and wind lead power plant capacity additions in first-half 2014

June 24, 2014

Fewer wind curtailments and negative power prices seen in Texas after major grid expansion

June 23, 2014

Texas hits new peak wind output

April 8, 2014

Half of power plant capacity additions in 2013 came from natural gas

February 11, 2014

Many newer power plants have cooling systems that reuse water

April 23, 2013

Future power market shares of coal, natural gas generators depend on relative fuel prices

February 11, 2013

Wind industry installs almost 5,300 MW of capacity in December

December 21, 2012

California’s first greenhouse gas emissions auction sells near minimum price

October 4, 2012

Combined heat and power technology fills an important energy niche

September 17, 2012

Municipal solid waste plants convert garbage to electricity

September 7, 2012

Natural gas demand at power plants was high in summer 2012

September 6, 2012

NRG-GenOn acquisition plan would create the largest independent power producer

July 31, 2012

Projected retirements of coal-fired power plants

July 27, 2012

27 gigawatts of coal-fired capacity to retire over next five years

July 17, 2012

Uprates can increase U.S. nuclear capacity substantially without building new reactors

May 31, 2012

Coal stockpiles above five-year range in first quarter of 2012

March 5, 2012

Nuclear Regulatory Commission approves construction of first nuclear units in 30 years

December 21, 2011

Coal plants without scrubbers account for a majority of U.S. SO2 emissions

December 13, 2011

Most generator retirements over the past decade were older natural gas-fired units

June 8, 2011

Electric generators' roles vary due to daily and seasonal variation in demand

April 22, 2011

Seasonal maintenance helps keep power online during summer and winter peaks