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Power to the People – Progress Report

Every so often, we like to peer into the particular details of U.S. power generation and statistics, here are the current numbers:

What is U.S. electricity generation by energy source?

In 2022, about 4,243 billion kilowatthours (kWh) (or about 4.24 trillion kWh) of electricity were generated at utility-scale electricity generation facilities in the United States.1 About 60% of this electricity generation was from fossil fuels—coal, natural gas, petroleum, and other gases. About 18% was from nuclear energy, and about 22% was from renewable energy sources.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that an additional 58 billion kWh of electricity generation was from small-scale solar photovoltaic systems in 2022.2

U.S. utility-scale electricity generation by source, amount, and share of total in 20221
Data as of February 2023

Energy source Billion kWh Share of total
Total – all sources 4,243
Fossil fuels (total) 2,554 60.2%
Natural gas 1,689 39.8%
Coal 828 19.5%
Petroleum (total) 23 0.6%
Petroleum liquids 16 0.4%
Petroleum coke 7 0.2%
Other gases3 12 0.3%
Nuclear 772 18.2%
Renewables (total) 913 21.5%
Wind 435 10.2%
Hydropower 262 6.2%
Solar (total) 146 3.4%
Photovoltaic 143 3.4%
Solar thermal 3 0.1%
Biomass (total) 53 1.3%
Wood 37 0.9%
Landfill gas 9 0.2%
Municipal solid waste (biogenic) 6 0.1%
Other biomass waste 2 0.1%
Geothermal 17 0.4%
Pumped storage hydropower4 -6 -0.1%
Other sources5 11 0.3%



Écran d’urinoir Numéro 2

This posting is titled in French because I felt the English sounded too coarse. ‘Urinal Screen Number 2’ simply doesn’t have the same ring to it as ‘Écran d’urinoir Numéro 2′. In any event, I’m testing Mr. Swift’s patience with me yet again. If you recall, the last time we pursued this line of advertising, it cost me my job. However, the dismissal from my post here at ELVIS SWIFT Dry Goods & Supply as Marketing Director was short-lived. My reinstatement was partly due to Elvis’ kindly demeanor and partly due to his reliance upon me for almost everything needed doing around here. Thus, we are testing the waters once again with this line of advertising. In any event, the French titling may persuade Mr. Swift that the urinal screen with our logo emblazoned on it is acceptable this time around, as he loves all things France. And I ordered another gross of them. If not, I’m sure my job as Marketing Director is ‘Fini.’

Jack A. Molloy
Marketing Director
ELVIS SWIFT Dry Goods & Supply

*Update Here*

Modern Monuments No.2

Presented here is our Modern Monument No. 2.

This is not an indictment of the current state of statues and monuments. We are only considering what the world may look like with more iconic sculptural imagery. Interpret the image as you will. This, our peace dove divided into 7 pieces gracing a position of importance and prominence.

Copper Rivet Day

Happy Copper Rivet Day! It was one hundred forty-seven years ago on May 20, 1873, that the copper rivet was patented. Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis collaborated to bring about the manufacture and implementation of what is an indispensable and iconic feature found on every pair of denim jeans. The copper rivet has been a fascinating part of everyday life, and is barely noticed and often under-appreciated. Actually, without the humble little rivet, we may not even have the denim jean as we know them today. Although Mr. Strauss designed and manufactured denim work pants, he found that at critical points of stress during use, the pants would rip and tear. He needed a solution to strengthen them, and this he found in the little rivet  invention of Jacob Davis. Like so many other things in life that go so well together, buttons and cards, Girl with Guitar, ink and paper, The Copper Rivet, will be forever united with the clothes we love to wear.

Read more about Levi Strauss, Jacob Davis, along with the ubiquitous Copper Rivet and the History of Jeans and Denim, here.