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U.S. Primary Energy Consumption Increased in 2021

July 11, 2022

In a gradual return to pre-pandemic levels, the U.S. primary energy consumption increased by 4 quadrillion British thermal units (quads) in 2021.  Fossil fuels accounted for 79% of the 97 quads of primary energy consumption in the United States, while 12% came from renewable energy and an additional 8% was provided by nuclear energy generation.  To read the full article from the U.S. Energy Information Administration please visit, Fossil fuel sources accounted for 79% of U.S. consumption of primary energy in 2021.


Submitted by: Eric Romich, OSU Extension Field Specialist, Energy Education