Consistent cost and performance data for various electricity generation technologies can be difficult to find and may change frequently for certain technologies. With the Annual Technology Baseline (ATB), the National Renewable Energy Laboratory annually provides an organized and centralized set of such cost and performance data. The ATB uses the best information from the Department of Energy national laboratories' renewable energy analysts as well as information from the Energy Information Administration for fuel-based technologies. The ATB has been reviewed by experts and it includes the following electricity generation technologies: land-based wind, offshore wind, utility-scale solar photovoltaics (PV), commercial-scale solar PV, residential-scale solar PV, concentrating solar power, geothermal power, hydropower, utility-scale battery storage, coal, natural gas, nuclear, and conventional biopower. This webinar presentation introduces the 2019 ATB.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages47
StatePublished - 2019

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-6A20-74273


  • capacity factor
  • capital expenditures
  • concentrating solar power
  • cost and performance
  • energy data
  • geothermal
  • hydropower
  • LCOE
  • levelized cost of energy
  • operations and maintenance costs
  • overnight capital cost
  • photovoltaic
  • projection
  • PV
  • United States
  • wind


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