Electricity Consumption and Sources in United States

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  1. Ryuk

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    Is there a way to find out what percentage of the electricity the average home in each state consumes comes from clean energy sources?

    It's simple to find percentages for electric generation by each state, but I can't find anything on consumption.
     
  2. JoeJester

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    I tend to think that every bit of energy produced in the US (absent losses) is consumed. Where would we put that "extra" energy? Oh yeah, the remainder is "free" for those who want to "harvest" it.

    There are those states that advocate "green" energy at a price higher than normally produced energy. Michigan is one such state.

    In a lot of cases, it's up to the consumer to purchase their energy from whatever source they desire or the sole energy provider in their area.
     
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  3. debe

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    In a power grid you would have no idea where your power was generated as its all sent down the same wires. The only difference is some power companys will charge you more if your willing to pay for "Green power" A marketing con job. I gues if you have a grid tie solar system, then what you are generating & using in the daytime would be considered Green power.
     
  4. amilton542

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    You could consider a book on spatial electric load forecasting. Though, you'll most likely run in to the same problem you had as before.
     
  5. ErnieM

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    Here in New York State much of our power comes from green sources, and it is amongst the very cheapest of all power sources.

    The power source is just water, while falling over the Niagara escarpment.
     
  6. loosewire

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    Putting a harness on all that water takes a lot money in equipment. You can't win.

    The atomic power has to be harnessed also ,and storage of spent rods.

    Green "Energy".......cash.
     
  7. maxpower097

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    an interesting fact you can hook up a solar panel, wind turbine, etc... and if you can produce electricity the Local electric company is forced to buy it.
     
  8. #12

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    If you could make that true in Edmonton Kentucky, it would help my sister.
    We have beau coup acres and the power company refuses to negotiate.
     
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  9. Brownout

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    In the Tennessee Valley, water has been use to generate electricity for decades, since back in the 30's.
     
  10. Ryuk

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    My state generates electricity mostly from clean energy sources (at about 60%). Can I assume consumption is close to that number?
     
  11. #12

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    If it isn't consumed, where is it stored?
     
  12. Brownout

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    What #12 is trying to say is, "yes":D
     
  13. #12

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    Yes. Nobody can filter the "green" electricity out of the power lines and store it in a jar. It must be used as fast as it is generated. Nothing personal, just the laws of physics.
     
  14. Brownout

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    In the future, green energy will be stored before it's sent to the grid.
     
  15. #12

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    That's certainly better than trying to store it after it has been sent to the power grid!
     
  16. shortbus

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    If the energy is green, what color will it be when it's ripe? :)
     
  17. loosewire

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    Who decided what color to describe things,we could have white coal.
     
  18. Ryuk

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    But is each state producing all the electricity it needs? I live in Connecticut. About 60% of the electricity we produce is from clean energy. Therefore, 60% of the electricity we consume is from clean energy?
     
  19. shortbus

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    The electricity doesn't know or care where it came from or how it was generated. The electrical grid also doesn't stop at a state line. Some of the power you use may even come from Canada.
    http://www.theenergylibrary.com/node/647
     
  20. Ryuk

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    Can I assume most of the electricity we generate in my state is consumed in my state?
     
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