Energy: The challenge in numbers
Why a better future rests on a better energy system
The environmental costs of energy are high — and getting higher
65% of global warming pollution is estimated to come from energy generation and use.1
We’re paying in dollars, too
$25 billion paid by consumers every year for electricity estimated to be lost to inefficient transmission and distribution.2
$150 billion lost every year to power outages and blackouts in the U.S.3
We can do better with smart, clean energy
Energy efficiency: what if we just didn’t throw energy away?
$108 billion spent each year on energy bills for commercial buildings.4
30% of energy used by commercial buildings could be cut through investments in energy efficiency.5
Smart grids will help us manage energy flow
We’re about to spend $1.5 trillion to upgrade and expand the electric grid over the next 25 years.6 What if we make the grid smarter? (Here’s what a smart grid is.)
30% cut in global warming pollution from the electric sector with a fully deployed smart grid.7
25% cut in global warming pollution from transportation with a fully deployed smart grid.8
Clean energy is part of a bright economic future
3.7% total job growth from 1998-2007.9
9% growth in clean energy jobs from 1998-2007.10
Video: See how clean energy strengthens our economy, creates jobs, allows energy independence and lessens our carbon footprint.
- EDF calculations based on World Resources Institute Climate Analysis Indicators Tool (subscription required); includes emissions from land-use change and forestry.
- National Energy Technology Laboratory, Modern Grid Benefits [PDF] (August 2007) 14.
- Data from U.S. Energy Information Administration, Electric Power Annual 2009 - State Data Tables (2011).
- Energy Information Administration, Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS): Table C2A. Total Energy Expenditures by Major Fuel for All Buildings, 2003. (September 2008).
- Flex Your power, Commercial sector.
- The Brattle Group for The Edison Foundation, Transforming America’s Power Industry: The Investment Challenge 2010-2030 [PDF] (November 2008) vi.
- EDF estimate based on studies by Pacific Northwest National Lab and Silver Spring studies as well as U.S. Energy Information Administration, Annual Energy Outlook 2010; Electric Vehicles in the United States: A New Model with Forecasts to 2030," Becker, Thomas A., ,Ikhlaq Sidhu, Burghardt Tenderich, Electric Vehicles in the United States a New Model with Forecasts to 2030 [PDF]; and Austin Energy, 2010 Annual Report of System Information.
- The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Clean Energy Economy: Repowering Jobs, Businesses and Investments Across America [PDF] (June 2009).