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 Report and Model

Estimated Cost of New Renewable and Fossil Generation in California - 2015 Update 
Publication #CEC-200-2014-003. Published Date:  March 9, 2015