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Focus on Facts: 2/20/2019

A new Focus on Facts is available:

Can U.S. Energy Demand be Supplied by Renewable Sources? by Dr. William Bowen


America’s high standard of living is fueled by high per capita consumption of energy. This has been true for every nation that has become prosperous over the last 400 years. Energy comes from many sources. It is used for many purposes. The amount of energy from different sources (coal, oil, gas, nuclear, wind, etc.) can be compared by using a common form of measurement known as a kilowatt hour (kWh). One kWh is the amount of energy needed to power ten 100-watt lightbulbs for one hour, or one 1000-watt microwave oven for one hour. In 2017, the U.S. consumed about 260 kWh’s of energy per capita each day.

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Focus on Facts provides brief, thought-provoking information about urban policy issues based on research conducted at the Levin College. Our purpose is to stimulate additional discussion and debate. The series includes a “Map of the Month” as well as other formats. Questions or comments about specific topics can be addressed via email to the author(s). Questions or comments about the series of publications can be addressed to the Focus on Facts editor, Associate Dean Bob Gleeson at

This and subsequent reports in this series are available on the Focus on Facts newsletter page.