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If We Used Solar Energy: How Much Would We Really Need?

Here are a few solar energy facts to put our energy situation in the US in perspective.

  • 330 Million Tera-watt (TW) hours of equivalent energy from the sun hits the earth every year.  (http://www.solarone.net/solarone/solar.cfm)
  • Total number of watt-hours consumed in the United States in one year:
  • Energy Intensity: The ratio of energy consumption to a measure of the demand for services (e.g., number of buildings, total floorspace, floorspace-hours, number of employees, or constant dollar value of Gross Domestic Product for services.  http://www.eia.doe.gov/emeu/efficiency/ee_gloss.htm

According to Department of Energy (DOE) between 1985 and 2004, energy intensity, based on total energy and as measured by our newly developed index fell by 10%, considerably less than the simple E/GDP (Energy/Gross Domestic Product) ratio would indicate.

  • Energy  Consumption in US:
  • 1985 76.493 Quadrillion Btu   pop. 237,923,734
    • (www.eia.doe.gov/…/office_howuseenergy.htm  and U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division
      • 322.0 Million Btus / person
    • 2004 100.349 Quadrillion Btu   pop. 292,892,127
      • 343.0 Million Btus / person
    • 2008  99.305 Quadrillion Btu   pop. 304,059,724
      • 327.0 Million Btus / person
  • Energy consumption per capita, 2006 for the United States was 333 million Btu. Or approx. 97,600 Kw-hr per person
    • (http://www.census.gov/statab/ranks/rank30.html)
  • Share  of Energy Consumed by Major Sectors of the Economy (2007)
    • Commercial 18%
    • (www.eia.doe.gov/…/uses/commercial.html)
    • Industrial 32%
    • Transportation 29%
    • Residential 21%
  • For transporting freight:
    • Trucking accounted for 65% of energy used
    • Water transportation accounted for 18%
    • Natural gas pipelines for 9%
    • Class I railroads for 8%.
    • (www.eia.doe.gov/…/uses/commercial.html)

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