mega·​watt | \ ˈme-gə-ˌwät How to pronounce megawatt (audio) \

Definition of megawatt

: one million watts

Examples of megawatt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web European benchmark prices rose on Wednesday by 4.1% to settle at 107.43 euros, or about $114.28, per megawatt-hour, in a turbulent day of trading. Matt Grossman, WSJ, 27 Apr. 2022 Instead, Texas capped the rate at $9,000 per megawatt-hour. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 4 Apr. 2022 Natural gas prices in Europe also surged, with some gas prices increasing by over 30%, up to over 132 euros per megawatt-hour. Nicholas Gordon, Fortune, 24 Mar. 2022 Spanish daily spot power prices reached almost 545 euros per megawatt-hour on March 7, the highest ever. Alonso Soto,, 11 Mar. 2022 The price that companies agreed to for European natural gas hedges 12 months out rose more than fivefold from a year earlier, to €100.06 per megawatt hour, equivalent to $109.21, as of Wednesday, Chatham said. Mark Maurer, WSJ, 14 Mar. 2022 That changed with the Russian invasion, when already high prices soared from 90 euros a megawatt hour to over 300 euros a megawatt hour. Colleen Barry, ajc, 13 Mar. 2022 The price of natural gas in Europe hit an all-time high on March 7, briefly touching €345 per megawatt-hour. Tim Mcdonnell, Quartz, 7 Mar. 2022 By comparison, costs at existing natural gas power plants are as low as $24 per megawatt-hour, but the cost at a new plant would be between $45 and $74. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, 3 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of megawatt

circa 1900, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for megawatt

mega- + watt

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10 May 2022

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“Megawatt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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mega·​watt | \ ˈmeg-ə-ˌwät How to pronounce megawatt (audio) \

Medical Definition of megawatt

: one million watts abbreviation MW

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