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Domestic Energy Policy in the Era of Electric Industry Deregulation: The Future of Gas, Coal, Railroad, Nuclear Power, Renewables, and Oil Industries ... and Their Executives and Lawyers

Suedeen G. Kelly, Proceedings of 47th Annual Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute (2001)

Americans are the largest electricity consumers and producers in the world. Domestic production of electricity totaled 3,792 billion kilowatt hours in 2000.1 Coal, natural gas, nuclear fuel, falling water, and oil power about 98% of all electricity generation. Specifically, coal makes up about 52% of generation, while nuclear totals about 20%, natural gas accounts for 16%, hydroelectric sources account for 7%, and petroleum makes up about 3%. The other 2% of generation comes from alternative sources such as wind, solar, geothermal, and biomass production.