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0 Sep 29 2011 @ 10:50am by Matt Smith in Biofuels, Crude Oil, Global Energy, Natural Gas

Relevant versus Random Facts about Power

Once again this week I found myself going off on a tangent as I was researching something else. My meanderings led me to forraging for facts about power, so here are some relevant, riveting, and random electro-info-nuggets™. 

–World net energy power generation is set to increase by 84% from 2008 to 2035.  

–Albert Einstein won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921 for his experiments with solar power and photovoltaics. 

–In 2010, 45% of electricity in the US was from created from coal. Year to date for 2011, it’s a similar number: 

Net Electricity Generation, 2011 year-to-date

–In 2010, hydroelectric power in the US accounted for 6% of electricity generation, with this number showing a huge increase year-to-date in 2011 to 8.9%. 

–Electricity travels at the speed of light – more than 186,000 miles per second. 

–In both commercial and residential buildings, space heating consumes the lion’s share of power, followed by lighting. In residential buildings, lighting is swiftly followed by water heating. Then follows air conditioning for both.

–The first power plant was established by Thomas Edison and opened in New York City in 1882.

–Coal-fired plants will continue to lead US electricity output, making up approximately 43% of generation in 2035, while natural gas is set to increase to a 25% share. The share for renewables increases to 15%.  

US Electricity Generation by Fuel for 2007, 2009, 2035

–Currently 19% of the world’s electricity comes from renewables, with this to increase to 23% by 2035. 82% of the growth here is to come from hydroelectric and wind power.

–A laptop uses 80% less energy than a desktop computer.

Capacity additions for electricity generation going forward in the US will predominantly be driven by natural gas and renewables.  

–Dropping your thermostat by 1 degree (F) in winter can save up to 5% on your energy bill…and also help you lose weight.

–Although wind power has grown dramatically in the US in recent times, it still only accounts for 1% of total power generation. That said, the vast majority of  non-hydroelectric renewable energy by 2035 is to come from wind power, followed by biomass.

–An average wind speed of 14 miles per hour is needed to convert wind energy into electricity.


–While China and India are set to account for half of all global energy growth by 2035, they will also lead the way in adding hydroelectric and renewable electric generating capacity.

–A bolt of lightning can measure up to three million (3,000,000) volts.

Well that’s all enough random meanderings from me…have a nice day!

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