Americans Reduced Coal and Petroleum Energy Use in 2008

Energy Business Daily publishes a number of news and analytical stories that discuss the use of energy consumption, production and delivery. Earlier this morning they reported that Energy Use in the US Drops In 2008.

The article, which is certainly worth your time to read, discusses the many ways in which energy use in American changed from 2007 to 2008. The dependancy on coal and petroleum based products were, at least to some degree, supplemented with the use of more nuclear, solar, wind and biomass energy.

Here are some facts that we gleaned from the referenced report:

  • In 2008, an estimated consumption of energy in the US was equivalent to 99.2 quadrillion BTUs (quads), down from 101.5 quadrillion BTUs of energy consumed in 2007.
  • The consumption levels of geothermal energy remained the same from 2007 in 2008
  • The drop in the use of energy in the industrial and transportation sectors, which rely heavily on petroleum energy, is attributed to a spike in oil prices during the summer of 2008.
  • There was witnessed a significant increase in the use of biomass energy last year, with the recent push for the development of more biofuels such as ethanol.
  • In 2008, there was a slight increase of nuclear energy use to 8.45 quads up from 8.41 quads in 2007.
  • …[in the] transportation and industrial sectors, the consumption of energy reduced by 0.9 and 1.17 quads respectively, while in the residential and commercial energy use, consumption climbed slightly.

For the full report, please see the original article available here: Energy Use in the US Drops In 2008.

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