October is National Energy Awareness Month! The White House created National Energy Awareness Month to reinforce just how important energy is to the United States. To celebrate, Behind the Plug will feature a series about energy in America. Read part 1, part 2 and part 3.
National Energy Awareness Month is coming to a close, and we’ve spent time this month thinking and talking about energy in America. We’ve shared where energy in the U.S. comes from (nearly half from coal), some key terms about energy policy and about how we meet the increasing demand for more electricity using clean coal technologies.
As we’ve said in the past, we need many sources of energy production to meet our country’s growing demand for electricity, but America still relies on coal’s always available baseload power. Coal is able to meet the country’s constant need for electricity and that’s important for places like hospitals and data centers that all rely on the dependable, stable electricity that coal provides.
The U.S. has more coal reserves than any other country in the world—nearly 272 billion tons of coal. The country uses about 1.1 billion tons annually, and at this rate, America’s coal reserves will last nearly 250 years. The future of American electricity is bright with coal.
Throughout the other months of the year, when you’re waiting for your coffee to brew or warming up by a heater, keep in mind where the majority of our electricity comes from: America gets more electricity from coal than from any other source.
But Energy Awareness Month is not over yet! Let your friends know with a tweet: Coal Keeps America Strong.