Capacity Factor

  The ratio of the average load on (or power output of) a generating unit or system to the capacity rating of the unit or system over a specified period of time.
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  The ratio of the electrical energy produced by a generating unit for the period of time considered to the electrical energy that could have been produced at continuous full power operation during the same period.
  U.S. Dept. of Energy, Energy Information Administration's Energy Glossary
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  A percentage that tells how much of a power plant's capacity is used over time. For example, typical plant capacity factors range as high as 80 percent for geothermal and 70 percent for co-generation.
  California Energy Comission. Dictionary of Energy Terms

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