Summary:

  • The generation of electricity is critical for operation of businesses, health care delivery, schools, homes, and other areas requiring the use of electrical power.
  • Coal is used for 42% of the total power generated, with natural gas being employed for another 25%.
  • Nuclear power plants are employed in about 19% of cases, with renewable energy sources supplying the last 13%.
  • All of these fuels are used to heat water to generate steam.
  • The steam then turns a turbine to generate electricity.
  • The energy for this heat comes from fission reactions of uranium.
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