United States’ record energy use 2018

According to new data from the US Energy Information Administration, in 2018, the United States consumed more energy than ever before: 101.3 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu) in 2018; up 4% from 2017 and 0.3% above the previous record set in 2007.

This record is in large part due to the growing use of fossil fuels (petroleum, natural gas, and coal), accounting for 80% of total energy used in 2018. Consumption of natural gas and petroleum grew by 4 percent, while coal consumption declined by 4 percent compared to the previous year.

Renewable energy  production ( wind and solar are now the largest sources of new electricity generation) also reached a record high last year, climbing 3 percent relative to 2017. However,  renewables are still a tiny share of the overall energy mix.

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