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U.S. Coal Capacity by Year

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The following table shows the year in which currently existing U.S. coal-fired power plants were constructed.[1]

Year Capacity Added (MW)
2009 3,218
2008 1,007
2007 1,514
2006 597
2005 450
2004 633
2003 88
2002 11
2001 520
2000 131
1999 331
1998 -
1997 98
1996 1,908
1995 2,034
1994 1,085
1993 194
1992 1,662
1991 3,475
1990 2,223
1989 3,531
1988 2,058
1987 4,567
1986 6,330
1985 7,248
1984 10,880
1983 6,642
1982 12,356
1981 10,342
1980 15,885
1979 10,612
1978 12,958
1977 12,297
1976 8,758
1975 11,255
1974 11,907
1973 16,565
1972 12,377
1971 13,292
1970 12,325
1969 12,387
1968 10,433
1967 8,312
1966 4,515
1965 6,009
1964 5,124
1963 4,557
1962 4,467
1961 5,076
1960 6,086
1959 7,604
1958 7,472
1957 3,953
1956 2,093
1955 7,761
1954 6,491
1953 4,612
1952 3,054
1951 1,875
1950 1,486
1949 1,069
1948 377
1947 164
1946 46
1945 78
1944 106
1943 321
1942 207
1941 119
1940 97
1939 43
1938 29
1937 14
1936 9
1935 -
1934 3
1933 -
1932 -
1931 -
1930 35
1929 24
1928 3
1927 2
1926 -
1925 25
1924 6
1923 -
1922 -
1921 10


Here's the breakdown by period:

Years Built # of Units Total Capacity (MW)
2005-2009 21 6,785
2000-2004 13 1,382
1995-1999 24 4,372
1990-1994 67 8,638
1985-1989 102 23,734
1980-1984 117 56,105
1975-1979 125 55,879
1970-1974 137 66,466
1965-1969 158 41,656
1960-1964 157 25,310
1955-1959 209 28,883
1950-1954 213 17,518
1940-1949 93 2,583
1930-1939 20 132
1920-1929 10 69
Total 1,466 339,509

The median existing U.S. coal-fired generating station was built in January 1966.


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References

  1. For years through 2008: Energy Information Agency, "Existing Electrical Generating Units in the United States, 2008 (By Energy Source)", Preliminary Data; Figures for 2009 from National Energy Technology Laboratory, "Tracking New Coal-Fired Power Plants," January 8, 2010

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