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How many power plants are there in the United States?

As of January 1, 2022, there are 11,925 utility-scale electric power plants in the United States. Utility scale power plants have atleast 1 megawatt of generation capacity. 

For reference, the average home solar panel system has a generation capacity of 250 - 400 watts. So utility scale electric plants produce a significant amount of power. 

Some power plants have more than one generator. 

As of January 1, 2022 there are 24,645 electric generators in the United States. 

Here is a breakdown of power plants by type in the United States:

Source: EIA Table 4.1. Count of Electric Power Industry Power Plants, by Sector, by Predominant Energy Sources within Plant, 2011 through 2021