US’ Energy’s Present Situation

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US energy future unfolding?

While total energy consumption is slightly down, natural gas, wind and solar sourcing are up.  The most surprising change in US energy sourcing is that from 2011 to 2012, coal use is down 12% for the period.  Another interesting figure is in power generation.  Almost 40% of our energy consumption is used to generate electricity. Petroleum use is down a bit and nuclear has also dropped due to four plants being shut down.

While the trend is slow, it’s also clear.  Cleaner sources are growing and consumers, business and industry alike are reducing energy use. If you’re an environmentalist, this news is encouraging.  If you’re a consumer, you can find satisfaction in your energy bills.

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