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Energy in Brief articles

What is the electric power grid?

The grid of electric power lines has evolved into three large interconnected systems that move electricity around the country. Standards have been developed by the electric power industry to ensure coordination for the linked operations.

How much of our electricity is generated from renewable sources?

U.S. power plants used renewable energy sources — water (hydroelectric), wood, wind, organic waste, geothermal, and sun — to generate about 13% of our electricity in 2011.

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Electricity Explained

Electricity in the United States

Most of the electricity in the United States is produced using steam turbines. Coal is the most common fuel for generating electricity in the United States. In 2011, about 42% of the country's electricity was produced from coal.

Use of electricity

Electricity consumption totaled nearly 3,883 billion kilowatthours (kWh) in 2011. U.S. electricity use in 2011 was more than 13 times greater than electricity use in 1950.

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man looking through binoculars at a mountain range Short-Term Energy Outlook

Released September 9, 2014 | Next Release October 7, 2014

EIA's monthly energy projections through 2015 includes projections for electricity generation and prices.

Image chart of electricity net generation and average bandElectricity Monthly Update

Released August 25, 2014

The Electricity Monthly Update is a new EIA product that replaces the Monthly Flash Estimates for Electric Power Data, containing the most recently monthly data.

Image power lines and a grassy fieldElectric Power Monthly

Released August 25, 2014

Provides monthly statistics at the state, Census division, and U.S. levels for net generation, fossil fuel consumption and stocks, quantity and quality of fossil fuels, cost of fossil fuels, electricity sales, revenue, and average revenue per kilowatthour of electricity sold.

Annual Energy Outlook 2014 cover Annual Energy Outlook 2014

Released May 7, 2014 | Next Early Release: December 2014

Projections in the Annual Energy Outlook 2014 (AEO2014) Reference case focus on the factors that shape U.S. energy markets through 2040

photo of electric power linesElectric Power Annual 2012

Released December 12, 2013

Presents 11 years (2001 - 2012) of National-level data on electricity generating capacity, electricity generation and useful thermal output, fuel receipts, consumption, and emissions.