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How is most of electrity used in the United States generated?
By coal fired generators.
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Coal is the most common electricity-generating fuel in Africa.
The majority of electricity is generated from fossil fuels, coal, oil and gas. Fossil fuels need to be replaced by other sources as the resources we rely on are becoming more …scarce. Increasingly, renewable energy sources are being used such as wind, solar, hydro-electric, tidal but these represent a small percentage of the total generation. Nuclear power has had its share of problems but in the twenty first century, it is making a comeback. Better controlled and safer than early nuclear power stations, new stations are being constructed.
About 45% of electricity in the US is from Coal fired power stations. Gas accounts for about 25% and Nuclear for 20% The remainder is mostly renewables, principally hydro-elec…tric. Fossil Fuels Fossil Fuels
Try entering "electrical generation percentage by fuel types 2009" in google, there are a number of sites that may help you. Due to the "dash for gas" in electrical… generation (something like 14years ago) which I am still employed in, I would have said natural gas is the most used fuel, but most gas fired power stations built are small in output compared to the existing coal fired stations ie DRAX which is something like 6 x 660MW steam turbines driving generators, my gas fired power station is 360MW (megga watts). So maybe coal is still the most used but I am not sure, but those websites may help. PS Due to the emissions regs some fossil fuel power stations (namely coal) will have to close down in the future (they opted out of the expensive modification at time and will be coming to the end of their opted out period and will close, others have spent millions of pound in de-sulphurisation of their emissions to atmosphere Happy searching.
biomass power plant
Most electric plants use steam to turn a turbine which then turns a generator.
Oil is now used the most
The coal is used mostly to generate electricity.
When compared to coal and hydro. the installation cost for hydro is more at start, but maintanence cost is very less or vic versa (for thermal)
coal and bio power plant
About 5 percent