US Energy Rose in '10 After '09 Dip

Americans increased their energy use again in 2010 after a recession-related dip in 2009 and turned increasingly toward wind and biomass power, reports the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Wind power jumped from .70 quadrillion BTU (British Thermal Unit) in 2009 to .92 quads in 2010, and since most of it generates electricity, it can reduce coal”s use, according to the federally funded laboratory. It says biomass energy use rose from 3.88 quads to 4.29 quads, driven largely by ethanol.

U.S. energy use back up in 2010 after 2009 dip

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