Can you imagine a world in which you depended on unreliable energy to light up your world? Sounds like an unstable place to call home. That’s why the Story of Electricity is so important notes Tom Pyle from the Institute for Energy Research (IER).
IER reports solar energy accounts for only 0.2 percent of the electricity Americans use everyday. Wind and solar aren’t much better. Altogether, wind and solar provide about 4 percent of our electricity. Without affordable, reliable sources of power, our future would be pretty dark. IER created the Twitter campaign #StoryofElectricity, which presents, among other things, these truths about American produced electricity:
- Modern nuclear reactors and coal plants generate, 1,200 megawatts each—enough electricity to light 20 million 60-watt light bulbs!
- Wind and solar installations only provide 4 percent of America’s electricity.
- A recent onslaught of rules from the EPA is closing an unprecedented number of coal-fired power plants, which are the single largest source of electricity generation in the U.S.
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