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U.S. Energy Production Dropped For the First Time Since 2009

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After six consecutive years of growth, U.S. energy production has finally slowed. 

That's according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), which found that total U.S. energy production fell four percent in 2016, marking the first annual decrease since 2009. 

The chart below showcases total U.S. energy production by fuel type since 2000. 

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration

What accounted for the overall decrease in energy production? The overarching trend was a decrease in fossil fuel production, which dropped seven percent from 2015 to 2016. Most notably, coal production tumbled a staggering 18 percent to its lowest point in nearly 40 years. Low natural gas prices and flattened electricity demand both contributed to coal's decline. 

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While U.S. fossil fuel production decreased in 2016, it was a different story for renewable energy production, which experienced a seven-percent increase. Wind energy accounted for nearly half of renewable energy production while solar power made up about one quarter.

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Posted: March 31, 2017