Cost of Generation Report

The California Energy Commission's Cost of Generation Model calculates levelized costs - the total costs of building and operating a power plant over its economic life converted to equal annual payments, in dollars per megawatt-hour and dollars per kilowatt-year. The levelized costs provide a basis for comparing the total costs of one power plant against another. These costs and the supporting data are essential inputs to many generation and transmission studies.

Current Report & Model

Estimated Cost of New Utility-Scale Generation in California: 2018 Update
Publication Date: May 9, 2019

Previous Versions and Associated Material

2014 Final

2014 Draft

2010 User’s Guide, Version 2

2009 Final

2009 Draft

2007 Final

2007 Final, Appendix B

2007 Draft

For more information contact:

Bryan Neff
Supply Analysis Office
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-20
Sacramento, California 95814
(916) 654-4414