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How many power plants are there in the United States?

As of December 31, 2017, there were about 8,652 power plants in the United States that have operational generators with a combined nameplate electricity generation capacity of at least 1 megawatt (MW). A power plant may have one or more generators, and some generators may use more than one type of fuel.

Learn more:
Electric Power Annual, Table 4.1: Count of electric power industry power plants by sector; by predominant energy sources within plant (some power 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: October 26, 2018


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