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Facts about Electricity in the United States

  • In 2015, coal was used for about 33% of the 4 trillion kilowatthours of electricity generated in the United States.

    33%
  • In 2015, 33% of U.S. electricity was fueled by natural gas.

    33%
  • Nuclear power was used to generate about 20% of all U.S. electricity in 2015.

    20%
  • Hydropower was used to generate 6% of all U.S. electricity in 2015.

    6%
  • Wind power provided about 5% of U.S. electricity generation in 2015.

    5%
  • Biomass was used to generate 2% of all U.S. electricity in 2015.

    2%
  • Solar, geothermal and petroleum each provided less than 1% of U.S. electricity generation in 2015.

    1%

Electricity is an important part of the U.S. energy industry. This ENERGY SAFE KIDS site is designed to help educate students, their parents and teachers about the properties and benefits of electricity while encouraging safe behaviors in homes and around the power lines that deliver it to communities.

Electric safety topics include power line safety, calling 811 before digging and what to do in the event of downed power lines. Information about how to conduct a household safety inspection are also included.

Kids will enjoy activities, experiments and puzzles to challenge their curiosity. Interested students can also find information about careers in the industry. Teachers will find STEM resources for lesson plans to use in their classrooms.