Balanced Energy

America now occupies a position of global energy leadership that was unthinkable a short time ago.

This development is strengthening America’s energy and economic security, and benefiting tens of millions of individuals with lower energy costs, well-paying jobs, and increased revenues to federal and state governments. 

And with both American and world energy demand expected to increase in the future, the continued availability of affordable energy resources will continue to grow in importance.

What does a Balanced Energy solution include?

We use many energy sources to do different tasks, such as generating electricity and heat; powering transportation for consumers and business; manufacturing and other industrial operations.  America's variety of energy sources include: 

  • Hydropower. Hydroelectricity produced 2.8% of energy consumed by the U.S. in 2017.  Most of that was spent generating about 7.5% of U.S. utility-scale electricity generation.   
  • Solar energy provided almost 1% of our country's energy in 2017.  
  • Wind energy produced 2.4% of U.S. energy consumption in 2017.  That includes about 6% of our country's electricity.  
  • Geothermal uses steam turbines to generate electricity.  In 2017, it produced less than 1% of total U.S. electricity.
  • Nuclear generated almost 9% of total U.S. energy, which was mostly used producing 20% of America’s electricity in 2017.  
  • Oil & Natural Gas produced 66% of the U.S. energy consumption in 2017.   Natural gas produced almost 28.7% (including 32% of U.S. electricity - which was the largest source for electricity) and petroleum produced 37.1%.   

Energy Sources 2017

A Balanced Energy Solution Makes Sense for the Future

A balanced energy solution is the best approach to continuing America's surge as a world energy leader. It invests in American ingenuity to develop and expand new sources and technologies while finding innovative ways to maximize existing sources and create efficiencies.

We must recognize that although we may prefer to invest primarily in renewable sources, we must not ignore the role natural gas and oil will play for decades to come, as they are expected to account for more than 60% of our energy needs in coming decades, even under the most aggressive scenarios of alternative energy development.

That supply of natural gas and oil should come from North American sources.