EIA Power Plants

Overview

Operable electric generating plants in the United States by energy source, as of April 2020. This includes all plants that are operating, on standby, or a short- or long-term out of service with a combined nameplate capacity of 1 MW or more.

Data

Attributes

name

The name of the power plant.

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bat_mw

Net summer capacity (in MW) of battery powered electric generators at the plant.

number
bio_mw

Net summer capacity (in MW) of biomass-fired electric generators at the plant.

number
geo_mw

Net summer capacity (in MW) of geothermal powered electric generators at the plant.

number
sector

The type of energy producing entity: (a) Commercial (produces power for businesses, governments, organizations, etc.) (b) Independent (produces power for the public, but not a regulated utility) (c) Industrial (produces power for production, processing, or assembling of goods) (d) Utility (produces power for the public as a regulated utility).

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coal_mw

Net summer capacity (in MW) of coal-fired electric generators at the plant.

number
wind_mw

Net summer capacity (in MW) of wind powered electric generators at the plant.

number
crude_mw

Net summer capacity (in MW) of petroleum-fired electric generators at the plant.

number
hydro_mw

Net summer capacity (in MW) of hydroelectric generators at the plant.

number
other_mw

Net summer capacity (in MW) of coal-fired electric generators at the plant.

number
solar_mw

Net summer capacity (in MW) of solar powered electric generators at the plant.

number
nuclear_mw

Net summer capacity (in MW) of nuclear powered electric generators at the plant.

number
hydro_ps_mw

Net summer capacity (in MW) of hydroelectric pumped storage generators at the plant.

number
power_types

The type(s) of power produced by the plant: electricity and/or heat. Many power plants use heat (and other sources, like wind and hydro) to power electric generators, but often heat generated by some power plants is delivered directly to industrial processes, like steel and cement production. Some plants only deliver electricity, while others deliver both electricity and heat.

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sector_name

Describes both the producer's sector and power types produced by the plant. (a) CHP = Combined Heat and Power, so these plants produce both heat (largely for industrial purposes) and electricity. (b) Non-CHP plants produce only electricity. This distinction is categorized in the power_types property. (c) IPP, Commercial, Industrial, and Electric Utility refer to different plant classifications based on their consumers (ex. commercial, industrial, public) and regulatory status (independent, utility).

string
installed_mw

Total installed nameplate capacity (in MW) at the plant. The combined maximum rated output of all generators, prime movers, and other electric power production equipment (as determined by the manufacturers) of all equipment installed at the plant.

number
utility_name

The name of the utility company that operates the plant.

string
net_summer_mw

Net summer capacity: The maximum output that generating equipment can supply to system load, as demonstrated by a multi-hour test, at the time of summer peak demand (period of June 1 through September 30.) This output reflects a reduction in capacity due to electricity use for station service or auxiliaries.

number
natural_gas_mw

Net summer capacity (in MW) of natural gas fired electric generators at the plant.

number
primary_source

The plant's primary source of energy production. Useful for plants that produce power using multiple sources.

string
tech_description

A semicolon-delimited listing of the various energy sources used at the plant.

string

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