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Estimated unsubsidized levelized costs of energy generation in the U.S. in 2017, by technology (in U.S. dollars per megawatt hour)

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Estimated unsubsidized levelized cost of energy in the U.S. by technology 2017 This statistic shows the estimated unsubsidized levelized costs for generation technologies in the United States in 2017, by energy technology. During this time, the levelized cost of community solar PV systems had a low estimate of 76 U.S. dollars per megawatt to a high estimate of 150 U.S. dollars per megawatt. Potential social and environmental externalities and reliability-related considerations were not taken into account.
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This statistic shows the estimated unsubsidized levelized costs for generation technologies in the United States in 2017, by energy technology. During this time, the levelized cost of community solar PV systems had a low estimate of 76 U.S. dollars per megawatt to a high estimate of 150 U.S. dollars per megawatt. Potential social and environmental externalities and reliability-related considerations were not taken into account.
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Release date
November 2017
Region
United States
Survey time period
2017
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Estimates assumes 60% debt at 8% interest rate and 40% equity at 12% cost for both conventional and Alternative Energy generation technologies. Assumes diesel price of ~$2.50 per gallon, Northern Appalachian bituminous coal price of ~$2.00 per MMBtu and a natural gas price of ~$3.50 per MMBtu for all applicable technologies other than Natural Gas Reciprocating Engine, which assumes ~$5.50 per MMBtu. Analysis does not reflect potential impact of evolving regulations/rules promulgated pursuant to the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.

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