Worldwide, we must find a way to reduce our dependency
on petroleum fuels.
In the United States, 63% of the oil used is imported.
- Eighteen and one half percent of all the energy consumed in the United States is used for commercial sites while twenty-two and one half percent is used for residential sites.
- Thirty-one percent is used for such applications as powering appliances, machinery, lighting, computerized systems and security systems at industrial sites.
- Twenty-eight percent of the energy consumed is for transportation purposes.
Why are these numbers so important?
The numbers are important for several reasons.
First, of the twenty-eight percent that is consumed for transportation, ninety-four percent of that energy is sourced from petroleum. For all the economic, environmental and security reasons that have been stated over and over again recently in the press and in disertations on the topic, there is a fundamental need to reduce the world's (not just the United States) dependency on fossil fuels.
In the United States we can shift much of this energy consumption from foreign sourced, petroleum based energy to electrical energy derived from U.S. domestic sources.
The United States has the ability to control, with its own natural resources, the production of electricity. The primary source of this electrical power is from coal, natural gas, nuclear and hydroelectric power. Yes - some of these energy sources have characteristics that are less desirable than pure "renewable" energy sources.
Coal has not had a history of being clean - but technological advances at coal plants have made it "cleaner" - if not clean.
Nuclear has the challenge of what to do with and where to securely and safely store the spent fuel rods.
It can be argued that natural gas is also a fossil fuel - but unlike imported petroleum products, there is an abundant supply within the borders of the United States.
The challenges stated above can be addressd by any country. Greater control over energy generation can be achieved while at the same time reducing the dependency on petroleum based energy.
Why is electrical power so important?
For example, this is how energy, in all of its forms, is consumed in the
U.S. Energy Information Administration/Annual Energy Review 2010/2011
It is the position of Energy Transitions that we all must become smarter with regards to energy generation and consumption, and a shift to electrical energy, especially with regards to transportation, is a major, important step to achieving that goal. Let Energy Transitions help your company understand your energy requirements, your energy usage and to help chart a course to energy independence.