US Energy Use Dropped in 2008

US Energy Usage 2008

US energy usage dropped marginally in 2008 compared with 2007, according to estimates consolidated by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. While Americans used more solar, nuclear, biomass and wind energy, they used less coal and petroleum. Natural gas consumption increased very slightly, while geothermal energy usage remained static.

Total US energy use in 2008 was estimated at 99.2 quadrillion BTUs (British Thermal Units) compared to 101.5 quadrillion BTUs in 2007.

For complete details on the composition of the estimates, see the lab’s annotated energy flow chart.

Published in: on July 29, 2009 at 11:52 am  Leave a Comment  

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