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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 capital costs for different types of electricity generators in Cost and Performance Characteristics of New Generating Technologies, Annual Energy Outlook 2020.

On July 30, 2019, EIA published Construction cost data for electric generators installed in 2017.

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Updated Capital Cost Estimates for Utility Scale Electricity Generating Plants

Last updated: February 24, 2020


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