As the Obama administration sets out to promote its new Clean Power Plan, one might wonder how the U.S. generates most of its electricity.
Although coal and natural gas are the most common sources for electricity, coal represents a severely declining share.
There are are seven primary sources of energy used to power the U.S. Here’s the rundown on each type and how prevalent it is, according to the Department of Energy’s most recent data:
As the nation continues to diversify its energy supply, what will the picture look like five or even 10 years from now? The energy sector is evolving, and the future makeup of our power generation needs is anybody’s guess.