Energy Generation in the U.S.
Energy is something that many people living in and around El Dorado Hills take for granted each and every day. We flip our light switches, open our refrigerators and turn on our televisions without giving even a single bit of thought to any of these routines. One thing that most of us really don’t think about is how energy is typically generated throughout the country. We may have an idea of where our energy comes from, but can we actually pinpoint the source?
With demand for energy on the rise and no signs of this trend slowing down, it’s more important now than ever before for homeowners to understand how energy is currently generated in America.
A Sustained Reliance on Fossil Fuels
It’s been said time and time again over the years by scientists and experts that we must move away from nonrenewable resources in order to create a sustainable future for our children and grandchildren. Unfortunately, these ideals haven’t exactly translated into the reality of the situation, which is that we’re still relying on fossil fuels to power the country. According to the EIA, approximately 4 trillion kilowatt hours of electricity were produced in 2015, 67% of which was generated by fossil fuel mediums such as coal, natural gas and petroleum. Clearly, we have a long way to go before true sustainability can be reached.
Let’s take a moment to break these numbers down even further. In 2015, coal was responsible for an astounding 33% of all U.S. energy production. While tied with natural gas (which is at least an improvement over coal), the far-reaching consequences this has and will continue to have on our country should not be ignored. Nuclear power production accounted for 20% of American energy in 2015, with hydropower clocking in at just 6%.
Renewable Energy Lacking Prominence
Perhaps one of the most important things to glean from the EIA’s energy generation report is the lack of prominence among renewable energy sources—namely biomass, geothermal, solar and wind power. All told, these four sources amounted to only 7% of the country’s energy production in 2015, with solar accounting for only 0.6% of that total. Clearly, this shows a dramatic gap in solar adoption throughout the country, and one that homeowners in El Dorado Hills can take advantage of before things change.
Demand for energy is only going to grow and is expected to rise by 48% come 2040. With solar becoming more accessible and affordable than ever before, now’s the time to see what you can do to help raise the percentage of renewable energy generated by solar arrays.
Give us a call today to get a free quote and learn more about how solar energy can help power your home.