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Levelized capital costs of electricity generation in the U.S. by source 2026

Estimated levelized capital costs of electricity for new power plants in the United States with operation start in 2026, by energy source*

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February 2021


United States

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Supplementary notes

* U.S. unweighted average levelized costs (2020 U.S. dollars per megawatt hour) for plants entering service in 2026, based on simple average of regional values.
** Costs are expressed in terms of net AC power available to the grid for the installed capacity.
*** According to the source, hydro is assumed to have seasonal storage meaning it is dispatchable within a season, but overall operation is limited by resources available by site and season.

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