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Data visualization: How the United States generates electricity

Earlier this year, the Washington Post published an interactive map showcasing the source of electricity generation in each state from January to May 2015. The map breaks down data from the Energy Information Administration to outline every power source in the United States and categorize it by type and size.

The United States has 511 coal-fired power plants that generate 34 percent of the nation’s electricity.

The United States has 1,740 natural gas power plants that generate 30 percent of the nation’s electricity.

The United States has 99 nuclear reactors that generate 20 percent of the nation’s electricity.

 

There are 1,436 hydroelectric plants in the U.S. They have generated 7 percent of the nation’s electricity this year.

There are 843 wind-powered electric plants in the U.S. They have generated five percent of the nation’s electricity this year.

There are 772 solar-powered electric plants in the U.S. They have generated 1 percent of the nation’s electricity this year.

There are 1,098 oil-powered electric plants in the U.S. They have generated one percent of the nation’s electricity this year.

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