6.2 : Electricity Generation, Transmission, and Distribution




6.2.5 2010 Impacts of Saving an Electric Quad (1)
Utility Average-Sized Aggregate Number of Units
Fuel Input Utility Unit (MW) to Provide the Fuel's Share
Plant Fuel Type Shares (%) in 2010 of the Electric Quad (2)
Coal 49% 245 36
Petroleum 1% 17 96
Natural Gas 19% 85 141
Nuclear 22% 1,026 3
Renewable (3) 10% 22 184
Total 100% 460
Note(s): 1) This table displays the breakdown of electric power plants that could be eliminated by saving an electric quad, in exact proportion to the actual primary fuel shares for electricity produced nationwide in 2010. Use this table to estimate the avoided capacity implied by saving one electric quad. 2) Based on typical U.S. power plants operating less than full load throughout the year. 3) Includes pumped storage.









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