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How many power plants are there in the United States?

As of the end of August 2016, there were about 7,658 power plants in the United States that have operational generators with nameplate electricity generation capacities 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 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: December 1,  2016


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