Annual Technology Baseline: The 2020 Electricity Update

Laura Vimmerstedt, Sertac Akar, Philipp Beiter, Wesley Cole, David Feldman, Parthiv Kurup, Ashwin Ramdas, Greg Rhodes, Tyler Stehly, Dana Stright, Debo Oladosu

Research output: NRELPresentation


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. 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. EIA data for coal, natural gas, nuclear, and conventional biopower are included for reference. This webinar presentation introduces the 2020 update to the ATB Electricity data and documentation.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages43
StatePublished - 2020

Publication series

NamePresented at the 2020 Annual Technology Baseline Webinar, 27 July 2020

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-6A20-76814


  • 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
  • projections
  • PV
  • United States
  • wind


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