How is electricity generated where you live? That question was addressed in a New York Times story by Nadja Popovich on 24 Dec 2018. Electricity is made from several energy sources including coal, natural gas, petroleum, nuclear, water flow, wind, solar, and biomass. The mixture of sources for each state is quite different and depends on the availability and cost of resources for that state.
The article looked at the range of time from 2001 to 2017. The mixture of energy sources has varied over time for each state and for the United States as a whole. Here we see the sources charted for the United States. Note the increase trend of natural gas and the decrease of coal. Nuclear and hydroelectric have remained constant. Wind grew to 6%. Solar in yellow is barely visible in the lower right. Click image for detail.
My state of Iowa has invested heavily in making energy from wind. We currently make over 37% of our electricity from wind and are on track to reach 40% and overtake coal in a few years. We don’t make the most electricity from wind of any state due to our smaller size. But, our percentage is highest. Second place Texas is at 15%.
Explore the NYT article. Find your state and the accompanying chart like those above. See what energy sources your state uses and how they are trending. You might be surprised.