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Table 8.5b Consumption of Combustible Fuels for Electricity Generation: Electric Power Sector, 1949-2011 (Subset of Table 8.5a)
Table 8.5b  Consumption of Combustible Fuels for Electricity Generation:  Electric Power Sector, 1949-2011
                        (Subset of Table 8.5a)





Year


Coal 1
Petroleum

Natural Gas 6


Other Gases 7
Biomass

Other 10
Distillate Fuel Oil 2 Residual Fuel Oil 3 Other Liquids 4 Petroleum Coke 5 Total 5 Wood 8 Waste 9
Thousand
Short Tons

Thousand Barrels
Thousand
Short Tons
Thousand
Barrels
Million
Cubic Feet
Trillion
Btu

Trillion Btu
Trillion
Btu
1949 83,963 4,767 61,534 NA NA 66,301 550,121 NA 6 NA NA
1950 91,871 5,423 69,998 NA NA 75,421 628,919 NA 5 NA NA
1951 105,768 4,598 59,347 NA NA 63,945 763,898 NA 5 NA NA
1952 107,071 4,833 62,385 NA NA 67,218 910,117 NA 6 NA NA
1953 115,897 5,913 76,325 NA NA 82,238 1,034,272 NA 5 NA NA
1954 118,385 4,799 61,946 NA NA 66,745 1,165,498 NA 3 NA NA
1955 143,759 5,412 69,862 NA NA 75,274 1,153,280 NA 3 NA NA
1956 158,279 5,228 67,483 NA NA 72,711 1,239,311 NA 2 NA NA
1957 160,769 5,730 73,963 NA NA 79,693 1,336,141 NA 2 NA NA
1958 155,724 5,584 72,083 NA NA 77,667 1,372,853 NA 2 NA NA
1959 168,423 6,346 81,917 NA NA 88,263 1,628,509 NA 2 NA NA
1960 176,685 3,824 84,371 NA NA 88,195 1,724,762 NA 2 NA NA
1961 182,185 3,708 85,204 NA NA 88,912 1,825,117 NA 1 NA NA
1962 193,316 3,910 85,384 NA NA 89,294 1,965,974 NA 1 NA NA
1963 211,332 4,233 89,081 NA NA 93,314 2,144,473 NA 1 NA NA
1964 225,425 4,310 96,831 NA NA 101,141 2,322,896 NA 2 NA NA
1965 244,788 4,928 110,274 NA NA 115,203 2,321,101 NA 3 NA NA
1966 266,477 6,311 134,638 NA NA 140,949 2,609,949 NA 3 NA NA
1967 274,185 7,393 153,886 NA NA 161,278 2,746,352 NA 3 NA NA
1968 297,779 9,830 178,812 NA NA 188,642 3,147,909 NA 4 NA NA
1969 310,641 14,961 236,066 NA NA 251,027 3,487,642 NA 3 NA NA
1970 320,182 24,123 311,381 NA 636 338,686 3,931,860 NA 1 2 NA
1971 327,301 34,283 362,187 NA 605 399,496 3,976,018 NA 1 2 NA
1972 351,768 53,465 440,294 NA 627 496,895 3,976,913 NA 1 2 NA
1973 389,212 47,058 513,190 NA 507 562,781 3,660,172 NA 1 2 NA
1974 391,811 53,128 483,146 NA 625 539,399 3,443,428 NA 1 2 NA
1975 405,962 38,907 467,221 NA 70 506,479 3,157,669 NA (s) 2 NA
1976 448,371 41,843 514,077 NA 68 556,261 3,080,868 NA 1 2 NA
1977 477,126 48,837 574,869 NA 98 624,193 3,191,200 NA 3 2 NA
1978 481,235 47,520 588,319 NA 398 637,830 3,188,363 NA 2 1 NA
1979 527,051 30,691 492,606 NA 268 524,636 3,490,523 NA 3 2 NA
1980 569,274 29,051 391,163 NA 179 421,110 3,681,595 NA 3 2 NA
1981 596,797 21,313 329,798 NA 139 351,806 3,640,154 NA 3 1 NA
1982 593,666 15,337 234,434 NA 149 250,517 3,225,518 NA 2 1 NA
1983 625,211 16,512 228,984 NA 261 246,804 2,910,767 NA 2 2 NA
1984 664,399 15,190 189,289 NA 252 205,736 3,111,342 NA 5 4 NA
1985 693,841 14,635 158,779 NA 231 174,571 3,044,083 NA 8 7 NA
1986 685,056 14,326 216,156 NA 313 232,046 2,602,370 NA 5 7 NA
1987 717,894 15,367 184,011 NA 348 201,116 2,844,051 NA 8 7 NA
1988 758,372 18,769 229,327 NA 409 250,141 2,635,613 NA 10 8 NA
198911 771,551 26,036 242,708 9 517 271,340 3,023,513 7 75 126 2
1990 781,301 16,394 183,285 25 1,008 204,745 3,147,289 6 106 180 (s)
1991 782,653 14,255 171,629 58 974 190,810 3,216,056 6 104 217 4
1992 793,390 12,469 137,681 118 1,490 157,719 3,324,963 12 120 252 3
1993 829,851 14,559 151,407 213 2,571 179,034 3,344,239 12 129 255 3
1994 836,113 20,241 137,198 667 2,256 169,387 3,758,484 12 134 269 2
1995 847,854 18,066 88,895 441 2,452 119,663 4,093,773 18 106 282 2
1996 894,400 18,472 98,795 567 2,467 130,168 3,659,810 16 117 280 2
1997 919,009 18,646 112,423 130 3,201 147,202 3,903,195 14 117 292 1
1998 934,126 23,166 165,875 411 3,999 209,447 4,415,813 23 125 287 2
1999 937,888 23,875 151,921 514 3,607 194,345 4,643,775 14 125 290 1
2000 982,713 29,722 138,047 403 3,155 183,946 5,014,071 19 126 294 1
2001 961,523 29,056 159,150 374 3,308 205,119 5,142,493 9 116 205 109
2002 975,251 21,810 104,577 1,243 5,705 156,154 5,408,279 25 141 224 137
2003 1,003,036 27,441 137,361 1,937 5,719 195,336 4,909,248 30 156 216 136
2004 1,012,459 18,793 138,831 2,511 7,135 195,809 5,075,339 27 150 206 131
2005 1,033,567 19,450 138,337 2,591 7,877 199,760 5,484,780 24 166 205 116
2006 1,022,802 12,578 56,347 1,783 6,905 105,235 5,891,222 28 163 216 117
2007 1,041,346 15,135 62,072 2,496 5,523 107,316 6,501,612 27 165 221 117
2008 1,036,891 12,318 37,222 2,608 5,000 77,149 6,342,331 23 159 242 122
2009 929,692 11,848 27,768 2,110 4,485 64,151 6,566,991 21 160 244 115
2010 R 971,245 R 13,677 R 23,560 R 1,848 R 4,679 R 62,477 R 7,085,416 20 R 177 R 249 R 116
2011P 924,523 10,513 13,914 1,564 4,281 47,398 7,278,562 20 160 256 117
1Anthracite, bituminous coal, subbituminous coal, lignite, waste coal, and coal synfuel. 9Municipal solid waste from biogenic sources, landfill gas, sludge waste, agricultural byproducts, and other
biomass.  Through 2000, also includes non-renewable waste (municipal solid waste from non-biogenic sources,
and tire-derived fuels).
2Fuel oil nos. 1, 2, and 4.  For 1949-1979, data are for gas turbine and internal combustion plant use of
petroleum.  For 1980-2000, electric utility data also include small amounts of kerosene and jet fuel.
10Batteries, chemicals, hydrogen, pitch, purchased steam, sulfur, miscellaneous technologies, and, beginning
in 2001, non-renewable waste (municipal solid waste from non-biogenic sources, and tire-derived fuels).
3Fuel oil nos. 5 and 6.  For 1949-1979, data are for steam plant use of petroleum.  For 1980-2000, electric
utility data also include a small amount of fuel oil no. 4.
11Through 1988, data are for electric utilities only.  Beginning in 1989, data are for electric utilities and
independent power producers.
4Jet fuel, kerosene, other petroleum liquids, and waste oil. R=Revised.  P=Preliminary.  NA=Not available.  (s)=Less than 0.5 trillion Btu.  
5Petroleum coke is converted from short tons to barrels by multiplying by 5. Notes:  -  Data are for fuels consumed to produce electricity.  Data also include fuels consumed to produce
useful thermal output at a small number of electric utility combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plants.
-  The electric power sector comprises electricity-only and combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plants within the
NAICS 22 category whose primary business is to sell electricity, or electricity and heat, to the public.
-  See Table 8.5d for commercial and industrial CHP and electricity-only data.  -  See Note 1, "Coverage of
Electricity Statistics," and Note 2, "Classification of Power Plants Into Energy-Use Sectors," at end of section.  - 
Totals may not equal sum of components due to independent rounding.
6Natural gas, plus a small amount of supplemental gaseous fuels. Web Pages:  -  See http://www.eia.gov/totalenergy/data/monthly/#electricity for updated monthly and annual
data.  -  See http://www.eia.gov/electricity/ for related information.
7Blast furnace gas, propane gas, and other manufactured and waste gases derived from fossil fuels. Sources:  -  1949-September 1977-Federal Power Commission, Form FPC-4, "Monthly Power Plant Report."
  -  October 1977-1981-Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Form FPC-4, "Monthly Power Plant Report."  -
 1982-1988-U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), Form EIA-759, "Monthly Power Plant Report."  - 
1989-1997-EIA, Form EIA-759, "Monthly Power Plant Report," and Form EIA-867, "Annual Nonutility Power
Producer Report."  -  1998-2000-EIA, Form EIA-759, "Monthly Power Plant Report," and Form EIA-860B,
"Annual Electric Generator Report-Nonutility."  -  2001-2003-EIA, Form EIA-906, "Power Plant Report."  - 
2004-2007-EIA, Form EIA-906, "Power Plant Report," and Form EIA-920, "Combined Heat and Power Plant
Report."  -  2008 forward-EIA, Form EIA-923, "Power Plant Operations Report."
8Wood and wood-derived fuels.  
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