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US Electricity Generation by Fuel
March 9, 2014 | Energy Information Administration

The Energy Information Administration projects a reduced share of electricity generation from coal by 2040.

US Energy Mapping System
January 5, 2014 | Energy Information Administration

The Energy Information Administration has an interactive map of energy locations in the United States. You can use it to plot data layers showing the location of wind (see map sample below), coal mines, biomass plants, geothermal, hydroelectric, and many other types of energy projects.

USA Fuel Mix is Changing
November 17, 2013 | Energy Information Administration

“The mix of fuels used to generate the electricity in homes, factories, and businesses across the United States has changed in the past few years as coal, still the largest single fuel used for electricity, has lost some of its share of the generation market to natural gas and non-hydroelectric renewables.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration.

Will Natural Gas Kill Nuclear Power?
November 12, 2013 | Pittsburgy Post-Gazette

An article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette explores the possibility that low cost natural gas could displace nuclear power plants.

Electricity Generation Fuel Mix
October 29, 2013 | Energy Information Administration

A chart by the Energy Information Administration clearly shows trends in the fuel mix used for electricity generation in the United States.

Fukushima and the Ocean
September 16, 2013 |

The Spring 2013 issue of Oceanus Magazine, published by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, is titled Fukushima and the Ocean. It looks at the triple disaster that hit Japan with an earthquake, a tsunami and a power plant failure.

Arizona Volcanoes and Power Plants
August 8, 2013 | Arizona Geological Survey

The Arizona Geological Survey has a new publication on the geochronology of the Sentinel-Arlington volcanic field of western Maricopa County.

“This review is intended to provide basic information regarding geologically recent volcanic activity near the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, and is intended to contribute to a re-evaluation of geologic hazards in the general area.” Quoted from AZGS.

Energy Use Rising in the USA
June 27, 2013 | Energy Information Administration

“U.S. primary energy consumption totaled 8.4 quadrillion Btu, an 8-percent increase from March 2012. Petroleum made up 35 percent of primary energy consumption, natural gas 31 percent, coal 18 percent, renewable energy 9 percent, and nuclear electric power 8 percent.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration

Australia Energy Report
June 26, 2013 | Energy Information Administration

Australia, rich in hydrocarbons and uranium, was the world’s second largest coal exporter in 2011 and the third largest liquefied natural gas exporter in 2012.

EIA Domestic Uranium Report
June 12, 2013 | Energy Information Administration

“Statistical data update for 2012 on drilling, mining, production, shipments, sales, facilities, employment, expenditures, and reserve estimates in the U.S. uranium production industry. A new Table 10 includes uranium reserve estimates for mines and properties by status, mining method, and State.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration website.

World Uranium Resources
June 11, 2013 | USGS

USGS has published: “Critical Analysis of World Uranium Resources”. World requirements have been outpacing world production for more than two decades.

The Surface Footprint of Energy
April 7, 2013 | ExxonMobil

Exxon Mobil has an animation that compares the surface footprint of various energy production methods: wind, coal mining, nuclear power and unconventional gas.

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