EPRI: Electric Power Research Insitute

Generation Technologies Assessment

Where Does Our Electricity Come From?

2014 Electric Sector Generation

The electricity that powers American homes and businesses comes from a variety of sources. Coal, nuclear, and natural gas account for about 86% of the electricity generated each year. Renewable energy is becoming much more important, but currently only meets about 13% of U.S. demand. Hydroelectric power and wind energy are the largest renewable resources, accounting for 87% of all renewable electricity.