This statistic represents the total electricity net generation in the United States between 1950 and 2012. In 2012, approximately 4.05 trillion kilowatt hours of electricity were generated in the United States.
US electricity generation
In 2012, the United States generated some four petawatt hours of electricity. This figure breaks down to around 1.5 petawatt hours of coal power, about 1.23 petawatt hours of natural gas electricity, some 770 terawatt hours of nuclear power, a little under 500 terawatt hours of renewable electricity and around 34 terawatt hours of electricity derived from petroleum and gases. While the bulk of US electricity is produced by investor-owned electric utilities, municipal utilities, federal agencies and utility co-operatives, a growing fraction of electricity – especially from renewable sources – is generated by private homes and businesses. As renewable energy sources such as wind and solar are gaining in importance, large companies including Google and IKEA are starting to accelerate renewable energy installations in order to actually produce more power than they use. Between 2005 and 2012, US renewable energy generation increased from 358 terawatt hours to 495 terawatt hours of electricity.
In 2012, the residential sector was ranked as the largest consumer of electricity in the United States. Retail electricity sales of some 1.4 petawatt hours went to residential users in 2011. Residential consumers are also asked to pay the most for electricity. The average retail price of electricity stood at around 9.87 US dollar cents per kilowatt hour in 2012. While residential users paid 11.88 cents per kilowatt hour, commercial users paid 10.12 cents per kilowatt hour and industrial users were asked to pay only 6.7 cents per kilowatt hour.