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Table 5 New generating technologies - 2016

From: The role of natural gas as a primary fuel in the near future, including comparisons of acquisition, transmission and waste handling costs of as with competitive alternatives

Plant type Capacity factor (%) Total system levelized cost (¢ per KWH)
Natural gas - combined cycle 87 6.31
Natural gas - conventional 87 6.61
Natural gas - combined cycle with CCS 87 8.93
Coal - conventional 85 9.48
Coal - advanced 85 10.94
Coal - advanced with CCS 85 13.62
Wind - onshore 34 9.70
Wind - offshore 34 24.32
Solar - PV 25 21.07
Solar - thermal 18 31.18
Nuclear 90 11.39
  1. *Note: “levelized cost” of electricity takes into account all the costs of power over its entire life, including capital costs to build plants.
  2. Source: Institute for Energy Research, using data from EIA Annual Energy Outlook 2011