Frequently Asked Questions

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 2017 .

In January 2017, EIA published Construction cost data for electric generators installed in 2014.

Learn more:

Updated Capital Cost Estimates for Utility Scale Electricity Generating Plants

Last updated: February 2, 2017


Other FAQs about Electricity

On This Page:

Coal

Conversion & Equivalents

Diesel

Electricity

Environment

Gasoline

General Energy

Natural Gas

Nuclear

Oil/Petroleum

Prices

Renewables

Full list of upcoming reports

Sign up for email notifications

Get the What's New RSS feed

Didn't find the answer to your question? Ask an energy expert.

(required)