Cell phones. Computers. Televisions. Americans are plugging in more devices that run on electricity than ever before. With our demand for energy growing, it’s important to remember that more electricity in the U.S. is generated with coal than any other fuel.
That means natural gas, nuclear, hydro and other renewables like wind and solar – and especially coal. That’s because coal is one of America’s most abundant domestically-produced energy resources and supplies affordable, reliable electricity at a relatively stable price – no matter whether the sun is shining or the wind is blowing.
That last point is especially important. Renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, will play an important role in America’s energy future, but they are not adequate replacements for the reliable electricity we get from coal. Electricity generated by coal provides for our baseload electricity, which is the power we rely on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. While power resources like natural gas, solar and wind can help provide for peaking power (energy that comes on and off throughout the day) we need coal to provide the constant supply of energy to power our country.
But the fact remains: We need all of our domestic energy resources to create a balanced fuel portfolio and satisfy our growing demand for electricity.
Also, we should not forget to use energy more efficiently in our homes, businesses and factories.