[Marxism] One of those interesting but useful statistics on US Energy

David Walters dave.walters at comcast.net
Thu Oct 25 13:29:21 MDT 2007

The Dept. of Energy's Energy Information Administration releases their 
annual report on the consumption and production of electrical energy in 
the US.

The peak summer demand for electricity last year was 789,475 megawatts.

# 49% of that was produced by coal. Or, 390 or so large, 1000 MWs coal 
plants. The actual number of plants, since this includes lot's of 
smaller sized coal plants, is about 1,000.

# Interestingly, only 1.6% of the total MWs was produced by burning 
petroleum products, meaning oil.

# Renewables (excluding hydro) is only 2.4%.

# Hydro...all the dams in the US producing power: 7%.

# Natural gas and nuclear both came out to 20%.


This represents only about 60% of ALL energy produced in the US. The 
other 40% is transportation energy: gasoline, aviation fuel, etc.


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