2017 ATB Cost and Performance Summary

The table and figures below summarize current (2015) and projected (2030, 2050) technology cost and performance from the 2017 ATB data spreadsheet by generation technology and year, including CF (capacity factor) range, CAPEX (capital expenditure) range, fuel cost, O&M (operations and maintenance) cost (fixed and variable), and calculated levelized cost of energy (LCOE) range.

LCOE is a simple metric that combines the primary technology cost and performance parameters, CAPEX, O&M, and CF. It is included in the ATB for illustrative purposes. The focus of the ATB is to define the primary cost and performance parameters for use in electric sector modeling or other analysis where more sophisticated comparisons among technologies are made. LCOE captures the energy component of electric system planning and operation, but the electric system also requires capacity and flexibility services to operate reliably. Electricity generation technologies have different capabilities to provide such services. For example, wind and PV are primarily energy service providers while the other electricity generation technologies provide capacity and flexibility services in addition to energy. These capacity and flexibility services are difficult to value and depend strongly on the system in which a new generation plant is introduced. These services are represented in electric sector models such as the ReEDS model and corresponding analysis results such as the Standard Scenarios.

To estimate LCOE, assumptions about the cost of capital to finance electricity generation projects are required. For comparison in the ATB, two project finance structures are represented.

  • Current Market Conditions: The values of the production tax credit (PTC) and investment tax credit (ITC) are ramping down by 2020, at which time wind and solar projects may be financed with debt fractions similar to other technologies. This scenario reflects debt interest (4.4% nominal, 1.9% real) and return on equity rates (9.5% nominal, 6.8% real) to represent 2017 market conditions (AEO 2017) and a debt fraction of 60% for all electricity generation technologies. An economic life, or period over which the initial capital investment is recovered, of 20 years is assumed for all technologies. These assumptions are one of the project finance options in the ATB spreadsheet.
  • Long-Term Historical Market Conditions: Historically, debt interest and return on equity were represented with higher values. This scenario reflects debt interest (8% nominal, 5.4% real) and return on equity rates (13% nominal, 10.2% real) implemented in the ReEDS model and reflected in prior versions of the ATB and Standard Scenarios model results. A debt fraction of 60% for all electricity generation technologies is assumed. An economic life, or period over which the initial capital investment is recovered, of 20 years is assumed for all technologies. These assumptions are one of the project finance options in the ATB spreadsheet.

These parameters are held constant for estimates representing the Base Year through 2050. No incentives such as the PTC or ITC are included. The equations and variables used to estimate LCOE are defined on the equations and variables page. For illustration of the impact of changing financial structures such as WACC and economic life, see Project Finance Impact on LCOE.

For the renewable electricity generation technologies, High, Mid, and Low designations appearing in the table and figures refer to a range of perspectives based on publicly available literature. These three technology advance scenarios are generally described as follows:

  • High: Base Year (or near-term estimates of projects under construction) equivalent through 2050 maintains current relative technology cost differences.
  • Mid: technology advances through continued industry growth, public and private R&D investments, and market conditions relative to current levels that may be characterized as “likely,” or “not surprising”
  • Low: Technology advances that may occur with breakthroughs, increased public and private R&D investments, and/or other market conditions that lead to cost and performance levels that may be characterized as the “limit of surprise”, but not necessarily the absolute low bound.

For conventional technologies, High, Mid, and Low designations appearing in the tables and figures refer to a range of fuel price projections derived from AEO 2017.

The following technology abbreviations are shown:

  • CC: combined cycle
  • CCS: carbon capture and storage
  • CSP: concentrating solar power
  • CT: combustion turbine
  • IGCC: integrated gasification combined cycle
  • PC: pulverized coal
  • TES: thermal energy storage.

Cost and Performance Summary Tables for the Mid Scenario

Current Market Conditions
Historical Market Conditions
LCOE Summary Table 2015 - Current
CF RangeCAPEX Range OPEXLCOE Range
TechnologyMin.
(%)
Max.
(%)
Min.
($/kW)
Max.
($/kW)
Fuel Costs
($/MWh)
Fixed O&M
($/kW-yr)
Variable O&M
($/MWh)
Min.
($/MWh)
Max.
($/MWh)
Dispatchable
CoalPC55%85%$ 3,859$ 3859$ 20$ 32$ 5$ 71$ 97
IGCC55%85%$ 4,141$ 4,141$ 20$ 53$ 7$ 80$ 109
CCS-30%55%85%$ 5,341$ 5,341$ 22$ 68$ 7$ 97$ 135
CCS-90%55%85%$ 5,906$ 5,906$ 26$ 79$ 9$ 112$ 154
Natural GasCT7%30%$ 864$ 864$ 32$ 12$ 7$ 70$ 173
CC56%87%$ 1,032$ 1,032$ 21$ 10$ 3$ 36$ 42
CC-CCS56%87%$ 2,154$ 2,154$ 24$ 33$ 7$ 58$ 73
Nuclear92%92%$ 5,979$ 5,979$ 6$ 102$ 2$ 80$ 80
Biopower52%52%$ 3,889$ 3,889$ 3$ 108$ 5$ 130$ 130
Geothermal80%90%$ 5,055$ 13,480$ 0$ 155$ 0$ 64$ 183
CSP with 10-hr TES42%59%$ 8,133$ 8,133$ 0$ 66$ 4$ 130$ 181
Non-Dispatchable
WindLand-based11%47%$ 1,573$ 1,713$ 0$ 51$ 0$ 40$ 179
Offshore31%50%$ 3,891$ 8,331$ 0$ 131$ 0$ 105$ 271
PhotovoltaicUtility13%27%$ 2,014$ 2,014$ 0$ 13$ 0$ 67$ 134
Commercial11%18%$ 2,465$ 2,465$ 0$ 18$ 0$ 124$ 204
Residential12%20%$ 4,025$ 4,025$ 0$ 24$ 0$ 180$ 298
Hydropower60%66%$ 3,895$ 7,261$ 0$ 77$ 0$ 69$ 126
CF RangeCAPEX Range OPEXLCOE Range
TechnologyMin.
(%)
Max.
(%)
Min.
($/kW)
Max.
($/kW)
Fuel Costs
($/MWh)
Fixed O&M
($/kW-yr)
Variable O&M
($/MWh)
Min.
($/MWh)
Max.
($/MWh)
Non-Dispatchable
WindLand-based11%47%$ 1,573$ 1,713$ 0$ 51$ 0$ 40$ 179
Offshore31%50%$ 3,891$ 8,331$ 0$ 131$ 0$ 105$ 271
PhotovoltaicUtility13%27%$ 2,014$ 2,014$ 0$ 13$ 0$ 67$ 134
Commercial11%18%$ 2,465$ 2,465$ 0$ 18$ 0$ 124$ 204
Residential12%20%$ 4,025$ 4,025$ 0$ 24$ 0$ 180$ 298
Hydropower60%66%$ 3,895$ 7,261$ 0$ 77$ 0$ 69$ 126

Here, 2017 ATB cost and performance are summarized by technology for the year specified. CAPEX and LCOE are calculated based on current market conditions. Monetary values are in 2015$. Hydropower is classified as non-dispatchable because most new hydropower generation would be operated as run-of-river plants. Note that while the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) is provided as a summary metric, it is not the focus of this work.

LCOE Summary Table 2030 - Current
CF RangeCAPEX Range OPEXLCOE Range
TechnologyMin.
(%)
Max.
(%)
Min.
($/kW)
Max.
($/kW)
Fuel Costs
($/MWh)
Fixed O&M
($/kW-yr)
Variable O&M
($/MWh)
Min.
($/MWh)
Max.
($/MWh)
Dispatchable
CoalPC55%85%$ 3,728$ 3,728$ 15$ 32$ 5$ 65$ 101
IGCC55%85%$ 3,876$ 3,876$ 13$ 53$ 7$ 70$ 107
CCS-30%55%85%$ 5,072$ 5,072$ 16$ 68$ 7$ 88$ 135
CCS-90%55%85%$ 5,609$ 5,609$ 16$ 79$ 9$ 98$ 150
Natural GasCT7%30%$ 815$ 815$ 47$ 12$ 7$ 84$ 182
CC56%87%$ 983$ 983$ 33$ 10$ 3$ 47$ 53
CC-CCS56%87%$ 1,955$ 1,955$ 39$ 33$ 7$ 71$ 84
Nuclear92%92%$ 5,494$ 5,494$ 8$ 102$ 2$ 78$ 78
Biopower52%52%$ 3,692$ 3,692$ 3$ 108$ 5$ 127$ 127
Geothermal80%90%$ 4,865$ 12,974$ 0$ 155$ 0$ 63$ 178
CSP with 10-hr TES42%59%$ 6,096$ 6,096$ 0$ 50$ 4$ 98$ 136
Non-Dispatchable
WindLand-based16%51%$ 1,252$ 1,983$ 0$ 46$ 0$ 30$ 137
Offshore33%52%$ 2,494$ 5,862$ 0$ 127$ 0$ 75$ 192
PhotovoltaicUtility13%27%$ 921$ 921$ 0$ 10$ 0$ 32$ 65
Commercial11%18%$ 1,126$ 1,126$ 0$ 8$ 0$ 56$ 92
Residential12%20%$ 1,500$ 1,500$ 0$ 10$ 0$ 68$ 112
Hydropower60%66%$ 3,895$ 6,996$ 0$ 77$ 0$ 69$ 123
CF RangeCAPEX Range OPEXLCOE Range
TechnologyMin.
(%)
Max.
(%)
Min.
($/kW)
Max.
($/kW)
Fuel Costs
($/MWh)
Fixed O&M
($/kW-yr)
Variable O&M
($/MWh)
Min.
($/MWh)
Max.
($/MWh)
Non-Dispatchable
WindLand-based16%51%$ 1,252$ 1,983$ 0$ 46$ 0$ 30$ 137
Offshore33%52%$ 2,494$ 5,862$ 0$ 127$ 0$ 75$ 192
PhotovoltaicUtility13%27%$ 921$ 921$ 0$ 10$ 0$ 32$ 65
Commercial11%18%$ 1,126$ 1,126$ 0$ 8$ 0$ 56$ 92
Residential12%20%$ 1,500$ 1,500$ 0$ 10$ 0$ 68$ 112
Hydropower60%66%$ 3,895$ 6,996$ 0$ 77$ 0$ 69$ 123

Here, 2017 ATB cost and performance are summarized by technology for the year specified. CAPEX and LCOE are calculated based on current market conditions. Monetary values are in 2015$. Hydropower is classified as non-dispatchable because most new hydropower generation would be operated as run-of-river plants. Note that while the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) is provided as a summary metric, it is not the focus of this work.

LCOE Summary Table 2050 - Current
CF RangeCAPEX Range OPEXLCOE Range
TechnologyMin.
(%)
Max.
(%)
Min.
($/kW)
Max.
($/kW)
Fuel Costs
($/MWh)
Fixed O&M
($/kW-yr)
Variable O&M
($/MWh)
Min.
($/MWh)
Max.
($/MWh)
Dispatchable
CoalPC55%85%$ 3,859$ 3,859$ 10$ 32$ 5$ 58$ 109
IGCC55%85%$ 4,141$ 4,141$ 8$ 53$ 7$ 62$ 111
CCS-30%55%85%$ 5,341$ 5,341$ 10$ 68$ 7$ 77$ 139
CCS-90%55%85%$ 5,906$ 5,906$ 10$ 79$ 9$ 87$ 152
Natural GasCT7%30%$ 773$ 773$ 54$ 12$ 7$ 89$ 182
CC56%87%$ 911$ 911$ 38$ 10$ 3$ 51$ 57
CC-CCS56%87%$ 1,665$ 1,665$ 45$ 33$ 7$ 74$ 86
Nuclear92%92%$ 4,851$ 4,851$ 15$ 102$ 2$ 78$ 78
Biopower52%52%$ 3,375$ 3,375$ 3$ 108$ 5$ 122$ 122
Geothermal80%90%$ 4,613$ 12,300$ 0$ 228$ 0$ 60$ 171
CSP with 10-hr TES42%59%$ 5,285$ 5,285$ 0$ 50$ 4$ 87$ 120
Non-Dispatchable
WindLand-based20%55%$ 1,174$ 2,235$ 0$ 42$ 0$ 26$ 116
Offshore34%54%$ 2,045$ 5,050$ 0$ 123$ 0$ 64$ 163
PhotovoltaicUtility13%27%$ 726$ 726$ 0$ 0$ 0$ 26$ 53
Commercial11%18%$ 972$ 972$ 0$ 0$ 0$ 49$ 81
Residential12%20%$ 1,150$ 1,150$ 0$ 0$ 0$ 53$ 88
Hydropower60%66%$ 3,895$ 6,646$ 0$ 69$ 0$ 69$ 117
CF RangeCAPEX Range OPEXLCOE Range
TechnologyMin.
(%)
Max.
(%)
Min.
($/kW)
Max.
($/kW)
Fuel Costs
($/MWh)
Fixed O&M
($/kW-yr)
Variable O&M
($/MWh)
Min.
($/MWh)
Max.
($/MWh)
Non-Dispatchable
WindLand-based20%55%$ 1,174$ 2,235$ 0$ 42$ 0$ 26$ 116
Offshore34%54%$ 2,045$ 5,050$ 0$ 123$ 0$ 64$ 163
PhotovoltaicUtility13%27%$ 726$ 726$ 0$ 0$ 0$ 26$ 53
Commercial11%18%$ 972$ 972$ 0$ 0$ 0$ 49$ 81
Residential12%20%$ 1,150$ 1,150$ 0$ 0$ 0$ 53$ 88
Hydropower60%66%$ 3,895$ 6,646$ 0$ 69$ 0$ 69$ 117

Here, 2017 ATB cost and performance are summarized by technology for the year specified. CAPEX and LCOE are calculated based on current market conditions. Monetary values are in 2015$. Hydropower is classified as non-dispatchable because most new hydropower generation would be operated as run-of-river plants. Note that while the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) is provided as a summary metric, it is not the focus of this work.

LCOE Summary Table 2015 - Historical
CF RangeCAPEX Range OPEXLCOE Range
TechnologyMin.
(%)
Max.
(%)
Min.
($/kW)
Max.
($/kW)
Fuel Costs
($/MWh)
Fixed O&M
($/kW-yr)
Variable O&M
($/MWh)
Min.
($/MWh)
Max.
($/MWh)
Dispatchable
CoalPC55%85%$ 4,132$ 4,132$ 20$ 32$ 5$ 90$ 126
IGCC55%85%$ 4,434$ 4,434$ 20$ 53$ 7$ 100$ 140
CCS-30%55%85%$ 5,719$ 5,719$ 22$ 68$ 7$ 123$ 174
CCS-90%55%85%$ 6,324$ 6,324$ 26$ 79$ 9$ 140$ 198
Natural GasCT7%30%$ 864$ 864$ 32$ 12$ 7$ 80$ 214
CC56%87%$ 1,050$ 1,050$ 21$ 10$ 3$ 40$ 48
CC-CCS56%87%$ 2,191$ 2,191$ 24$ 33$ 7$ 66$ 85
Nuclear92%92%$ 6,402$ 6,402$ 6$ 102$ 2$ 106$ 106
Biopower52%52%$ 4,019$ 4,019$ 3$ 108$ 5$ 151$ 151
Geothermal80%90%$ 5,177$ 13,805$ 0$ 155$ 0$ 80$ 230
CSP with 10-hr TES42%59%$ 8,273$ 8,273$ 0$ 66$ 4$ 167$ 233
Non-Dispatchable
WindLand-based11%47%$ 1,600$ 1,743$ 0$ 51$ 0$ 48$ 221
Offshore31%50%$ 4,001$ 8,568$ 0$ 131$ 0$ 129$ 346
PhotovoltaicUtility13%27%$ 2,035$ 2,035$ 0$ 13$ 0$ 86$ 173
Commercial11%18%$ 2,490$ 2,490$ 0$ 18$ 0$ 160$ 262
Residential12%20%$ 4,025$ 4,025$ 0$ 24$ 0$ 230$ 382
Hydropower60%66%$ 3,962$ 7,386$ 0$ 77$ 0$ 92$ 164
CF RangeCAPEX Range OPEXLCOE Range
TechnologyMin.
(%)
Max.
(%)
Min.
($/kW)
Max.
($/kW)
Fuel Costs
($/MWh)
Fixed O&M
($/kW-yr)
Variable O&M
($/MWh)
Min.
($/MWh)
Max.
($/MWh)
WindLand-based11%47%$ 1,600$ 1,743$ 0$ 51$ 0$ 48$ 221
Offshore31%50%$ 4,001$ 8,568$ 0$ 131$ 0$ 129$ 346
PhotovoltaicUtility13%27%$ 2,035$ 2,035$ 0$ 13$ 0$ 86$ 173
Commercial11%18%$ 2,490$ 2,490$ 0$ 18$ 0$ 160$ 262
Residential12%20%$ 4,025$ 4,025$ 0$ 24$ 0$ 230$ 382
Hydropower60%66%$ 3,962$ 7,386$ 0$ 77$ 0$ 92$ 164

Here, 2017 ATB cost and performance are summarized by technology for the year specified. CAPEX and LCOE are calculated based on current market conditions. Monetary values are in 2015$. Hydropower is classified as non-dispatchable because most new hydropower generation would be operated as run-of-river plants. Note that while the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) is provided as a summary metric, it is not the focus of this work.

LCOE Summary Table 2030 - Historical
CF RangeCAPEX Range OPEXLCOE Range
TechnologyMin.
(%)
Max.
(%)
Min.
($/kW)
Max.
($/kW)
Fuel Costs
($/MWh)
Fixed O&M
($/kW-yr)
Variable O&M
($/MWh)
Min.
($/MWh)
Max.
($/MWh)
Dispatchable
CoalPC55%85%$ 3,992$ 3,992$ 15$ 32$ 5$ 83$ 129
IGCC55%85%$ 4,150$ 4,150$ 13$ 53$ 7$ 89$ 136
CCS-30%55%85%$ 5,431$ 5,431$ 16$ 68$ 7$ 113$ 173
CCS-90%55%85%$ 6,005$ 6,005$ 16$ 79$ 9$ 125$ 191
Natural GasCT7%30%$ 815$ 815$ 47$ 12$ 7$ 93$ 221
CC56%87%$ 1,000$ 1,000$ 33$ 10$ 3$ 51$ 59
CC-CCS56%87%$ 1,989$ 1,989$ 39$ 33$ 7$ 78$ 96
Nuclear92%92%$ 5,883$ 5,883$ 8$ 102$ 2$ 101$ 101
Biopower52%52%$ 3,815$ 3,815$ 3$ 108$ 5$ 147$ 147
Geothermal80%90%$ 4,983$ 13,287$ 0$ 155$ 0$ 77$ 223
CSP with 10-hr TES42%59%$ 6,201$ 6,201$ 0$ 50$ 4$ 126$ 175
Non-Dispatchable
WindLand-based16%51%$ 1,273$ 2,017$ 0$ 46$ 0$ 37$ 171
Offshore33%52%$ 2,565$ 6,028$ 0$ 127$ 0$ 90$ 242
PhotovoltaicUtility13%27%$ 931$ 931$ 0$ 10$ 0$ 41$ 83
Commercial11%18%$ 1,138$ 1,138$ 0$ 8$ 0$ 73$ 119
Residential12%20%$ 1,500$ 1,500$ 0$ 10$ 0$ 86$ 143
Hydropower60%66%$ 3,962$ 7,116$ 0$ 77$ 0$ 92$ 159
CF RangeCAPEX Range OPEXLCOE Range
TechnologyMin.
(%)
Max.
(%)
Min.
($/kW)
Max.
($/kW)
Fuel Costs
($/MWh)
Fixed O&M
($/kW-yr)
Variable O&M
($/MWh)
Min.
($/MWh)
Max.
($/MWh)
Non-Dispatchable
WindLand-based16%51%$ 1,273$ 2,017$ 0$ 46$ 0$ 37$ 171
Offshore33%52%$ 2,565$ 6,028$ 0$ 127$ 0$ 90$ 242
PhotovoltaicUtility13%27%$ 931$ 931$ 0$ 10$ 0$ 41$ 83
Commercial11%18%$ 1,138$ 1,138$ 0$ 8$ 0$ 73$ 119
Residential12%20%$ 1,500$ 1,500$ 0$ 10$ 0$ 86$ 143
Hydropower60%66%$ 3,962$ 7,116$ 0$ 77$ 0$ 92$ 159

Here, 2017 ATB cost and performance are summarized by technology for the year specified. CAPEX and LCOE are calculated based on current market conditions. Monetary values are in 2015$. Hydropower is classified as non-dispatchable because most new hydropower generation would be operated as run-of-river plants. Note that while the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) is provided as a summary metric, it is not the focus of this work.

LCOE Summary Table 2050 - Historical
CF RangeCAPEX Range OPEXLCOE Range
TechnologyMin.
(%)
Max.
(%)
Min.
($/kW)
Max.
($/kW)
Fuel Costs
($/MWh)
Fixed O&M
($/kW-yr)
Variable O&M
($/MWh)
Min.
($/MWh)
Max.
($/MWh)
Dispatchable
CoalPC55%85%$ 4,132$ 4,132$ 10$ 32$ 5$ 75$ 135
IGCC55%85%$ 4,434$ 4,434$ 8$ 53$ 7$ 79$ 137
CCS-30%55%85%$ 5,719$ 5,719$ 10$ 68$ 7$ 99$ 173
CCS-90%55%85%$ 6,324$ 6,324$ 10$ 79$ 9$ 111$ 190
Natural GasCT7%30%$ 786$ 786$ 54$ 12$ 7$ 98$ 218
CC56%87%$ 927$ 927$ 38$ 10$ 3$ 55$ 63
CC-CCS56%87%$ 1,694$ 1,694$ 45$ 33$ 7$ 80$ 95
Nuclear92%92%$ 5,194$ 5,194$ 15$ 102$ 2$ 99$ 99
Biopower52%52%$ 3,488$ 3,488$ 3$ 108$ 5$ 140$ 140
Geothermal80%90%$ 4,724$ 12,597$ 0$ 228$ 0$ 74$ 213
CSP with 10-hr TES42%59%$ 5,376$ 5,376$ 0$ 50$ 4$ 111$ 154
Non-Dispatchable
WindLand-based20%55%$ 1,194$ 2,274$ 0$ 42$ 0$ 31$ 147
Offshore34%54%$ 2,103$ 5,194$ 0$ 123$ 0$ 76$ 204
PhotovoltaicUtility13%27%$ 733$ 733$ 0$ 0$ 0$ 33$ 67
Commercial11%18%$ 982$ 982$ 0$ 0$ 0$ 63$ 104
Residential12%20%$ 1,150$ 1,150$ 0$ 0$ 0$ 68$ 112
Hydropower60%66%$ 3,962$ 6,761$ 0$ 69$ 0$ 92$ 152
CF RangeCAPEX Range OPEXLCOE Range
TechnologyMin.
(%)
Max.
(%)
Min.
($/kW)
Max.
($/kW)
Fuel Costs
($/MWh)
Fixed O&M
($/kW-yr)
Variable O&M
($/MWh)
Min.
($/MWh)
Max.
($/MWh)
Non-Dispatchable
WindLand-based20%55%$ 1,194$ 2,274$ 0$ 42$ 0$ 31$ 147
Offshore34%54%$ 2,103$ 5,194$ 0$ 123$ 0$ 76$ 204
PhotovoltaicUtility13%27%$ 733$ 733$ 0$ 0$ 0$ 33$ 67
Commercial11%18%$ 982$ 982$ 0$ 0$ 0$ 63$ 104
Residential12%20%$ 1,150$ 1,150$ 0$ 0$ 0$ 68$ 112
Hydropower60%66%$ 3,962$ 6,761$ 0$ 69$ 0$ 92$ 152

Here, 2017 ATB cost and performance are summarized by technology for the year specified. CAPEX and LCOE are calculated based on current market conditions. Monetary values are in 2015$. Hydropower is classified as non-dispatchable because most new hydropower generation would be operated as run-of-river plants. Note that while the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) is provided as a summary metric, it is not the focus of this work.

Cost and Performance Summary Tables for the Mid Scenario

The following figures illustrate CAPEX, capacity factor, and LCOE for the Base Year (2015), 2030, and 2050. The colored bars represent the range of characteristics for all representative plants included in the ATB. The black bars reflect representative ATB plant characteristics that align most closely with recently installed or anticipated near-term installations of electricity generation plants. For the renewable technologies, the ATB representative plants span the range of resource characteristics available within the contiguous United States. For fossil fuel technologies, the colored bars illustrate the effect of capacity factor assumptions.

The ATB plant characteristics that most closely align with recently installed or anticipated near-term installations of electricity generation plants are as follows (see individual technology sections for description of ATB representative plant characteristics):

CAPEX 2015
CAPEX 2030
CAPEX 2050

Values are in 2015$. Hydropower is classified as non-dispatchable because most new hydropower generation would be operated as run-of-river plants.

Capacity Factor 2015
Capacity Factor 2030
Capacity Factor 2050

Hydropower is classified as non-dispatchable because most new hydropower generation would be operated as run-of-river plants.

Fuel Cost 2015
Fuel Cost 2030
Fuel Cost 2050

High, Mid, and Low refer to fuel prices from specific projections in EIA's Annual Energy Outlook (AEO) 2017.
Applies only to generation technologies that rely on a fuel source.
Values are in 2015$. Hydropower is classified as non-dispatchable because most new hydropower generation would be operated as run-of-river plants.

Current Market Conditions
Historical Market Conditions
LCOE 2015 - Current
LCOE 2030 - Current
LCOE 2050 - Current
LCOE 2015 - Historical
LCOE 2030 - Historical
LCOE 2050 - Historical

While the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) is provided as a simple or representative summary metric, it is not the focus of this work.
Hydropower is classified as non-dispatchable because most new hydropower generation would be operated as run-of-river plants.

References

EIA (U.S. Energy Information Administration). 2017. Annual Energy Outlook 2017 with Projections to 2050. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Energy. January 5, 2017. http://www.eia.gov/outlooks/aeo/pdf/0383(2017).pdf.