Energy Use in the U.S.

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    Energy Use in the U.S.

  • Wood to Coal

    Wood to Coal
    America used firewood as a source of energy until the late 1700s.
  • Hydroelectric Power

    Hydroelectric Power
    The world's first hydroelectric powerplant provided pwoer for a paper mill in Appleton, Wisconsin.
  • Coal as an Energy Source

    Coal as an Energy Source
    Coal became the nation's primary energy source because of industrialization.
  • Petroleum

    Petroleum became the most ocnsumer source of enery because of the emergence of the automobile.
  • Nuclear Power

    Nuclear Power
    Presiident Eisenhower opened the first nuclear power plant in America, the Shippingport Nuclear Power Plant as a part of the Atoms for Peace program.
  • Natural Gas

    Natural Gas
    Natural gas replaced coal as the most used energy source for heating in homes, businesses, and industries.
  • Geothermal Power

    Geothermal Power
    The Geysers is the world's largest geothermal power installation and it is located in California.
  • Wind Energy

    Wind Energy
    Over 100 companies produce components for wind turbines, and thousands of workers are in this wind industry.
  • Energy

    The US is the second largest energy consumer in terms of total use.
  • Electricity

    The dominant source of electricity in 2012 is coal. However, its use is declining because the EPA is starting to make regulations on its use.