An Overview The United States' Energy Situation
Module1: US Energy Overview
Based on the report Case Study of Current Domestic Energy Deficit in the United States and Simulated Solutions for Filling the Deficit by Utilizing Renewable Resources and Other New Technologies, J.A, Werner, R.M. Lyman, N.R. Jones Wyoming State Geological Survey Coal Section, aka "case study".
What I want to accomplish in this report is to put into perspective:
1. The amount of energy the US uses annually
2. The sources and quantities of each source of energy
3. The amount of each type of energy produced in the US and imported
The case study presents this information and more, but I wanted to break it up into a simpler format to make it easier to digest. Much of the data in the case study is based on 2003 rates and quantities. Though things have likely changed since then, I suspect this is still an acurate snapshot for all areas, except perhaps renewable energy, which is still not significant in any case.
The case study uses the unit of a Quadrillion BTU as the measurement for energy use in the US. A Quadrillion BTU is 1 x 1015 BTUs, which is 1,000,000,000,000,000 BTUs. Another way of saying it is 1000 trillion BTUs, or 1 million billion BTUS, etc.
The case study converts from BTUs to other energy units. Table 1 shows the conversions they used. An equivlent quantity of 1 QUADRILLION BTUs (QBTU) was added.
TBALE 1: Energy Conversions to QBTU