The map above shows where you can find each type of power station in the US based on energy source used for generating electricity. The data for the map is from 2016.
According to the EIA, the US generates 4.03 trillion kWh of electricity annually.
Natural Gas is now the top energy source at 32.1% of the total generating capacity, followed very closely by coal at 29.9%.
Other major sources include Nuclear (20%), Hydropower (7.4%) and Wind (6.3%). Finally, while solar is growing, it still only accounts for 1.3% of large scale energy generation (small scale solar [e.g. rooftop] would increase this by around 50%).
The top 10 largest power stations in the US are the following (in terms of capacity):
- Grand Coulee Dam, Washington (Hydroelectric) – 7,079 MW Capacity
- Palo Verde, Arizona (Nuclear) – 3,942 MW Capacity
- West County Energy Center, Florida (Natural gas) – 3,750 MW Capacity
- Scherer Power Plant, Georgia (Coal) – 3,520 MW Capacity
- Browns Ferry, Alabama (Nuclear) – 3,297 MW Capacity
- South Texas Nuclear Generating Station, Texas (Nuclear) – 2,760 MW Capacity
- Oconee, South Carolina (Nuclear) – 2,500 MW Capacity
- Braidwood, Illinois (Nuclear) – 2,500 MW Capacity
- Byron Nuclear Generating Station (Nuclear) – 2,452 MW Capacity
- Limerick, Pennsylvania (Nuclear) – 2,268 MW Capacity
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