Energy Footprint

In 2012, the total American population of 314,112,078 people used 4,069,054,975,224 kWh of electricity a year. 1 If this usage pattern were to stay the same 10 billion Americans would use 129,541,532,600,000 kWh a year. The amount of land required to produce this amount of electricity is shown for different types of power generation; nuclear, 2 solar, 3 and wind 4 power at the scale such installations typically require.

1 The World Bank, "World DataBank," (2012), (accessed August 8, 2015).

2 U.S. Energy Information Administration, "Frequently Asked Questions," (accessed June 1st, 2015).

3 FirstSolar, "Topaz Solar Farm: Project Overview," (accessed June 1, 2015).
- Project Gutenberg Self-Publishing Press, "Topaz Solar Farm," June 1, 2015).

4 European Wind Energy Association, "Wind energy's frequently asked questions (FAQ)," (accessed June 1st 2015).
- Wind farm: On an 8Dx4D grid with 100m diameter rotors; EDF Energy Renewables, "FAQ," (accessed June 30, 2015).
- National Wind Watch, "FAQ-Output," (accessed June 30, 2015).