U.S. Energy Consumption - Statistics & Facts

U.S. Energy Consumption - Statistics & Facts

Statistics and facts on Energy Consumption in the U.S.

As emerging countries continue to grow rapidly, the world’s total energy demand keeps rising. The growing demand is largely covered by fossil fuels, namely petroleum, coal and natural gas. Those fuels, however, are finite resources, and burning them emits large amounts of pollutants that contribute to climate change. Meanwhile, renewable energy sources are slowly becoming more efficient but are still far from able to cover the ever-growing global energy needs.


Total primary energy consumption in the United States has been relatively constant for the past 10 years.

The primary energy consumed in the United States comes from various sources: In 2015, the U.S. consumed around 35 quadrillion British thermal units of energy derived from petroleum, some 28 quadrillion British thermal units of energy derived from natural gas, about 15 quadrillion British thermal units of energy derived from coal and a little over eight quadrillion British thermal units of energy from nuclear energy sources. It is expected that the amount of energy derived from renewable sources will rise in the future, but it will likely take decades until renewable sources can replace fossil fuels to a considerable extent.




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