EEI maintains comprehensive statistical data on the electric power industry and shareholder-owned electric companies. Below are quick statistical highlights providing an overview of the industry. For more detailed information, see Products and Services.
- Total electric industry capability in the United States is forecast by the Energy Information Administration to increase a total of 23.4% from 2012 through 2040. Coal capability is expected to decrease over 15%, retiring over 50 gigawatts of capability, within the total electric power sector. Renewable sources increase their capability by almost 35% over the period.
- Total retail sales are forecast to increase 25.4% from 2012 through 2040. Those generating electricity for their own use is expected to more than double over the same period.
- The U.S. electric power industry's total installed generating capacity was 1,172,604 megawatts (MW) as of December 31, 2012—a 1.0-percent increase from 2011.
- U.S. investor-owned installed generating capacity was 420,296 MW as of December 31, 2012. This accounts for approximately 36 percent of total electric power industry installed capacity.
- Non-utility owned installed generating capacity grew from 487,002 MW in 2011 to 494,684 in 2012.
- In 2012, total U.S. electricity generation was 4,047,765 gigawatt-hours (GWh)—a 1.3 percent decrease from 2011.
- U.S. investor-owned electric companies accounted for 1,478,887 GWh, or 46.3 percent, of total U.S. electricity generation.
- Electricity generation at non-utility-owned plants totaled 1,675,295 GWh and accounted for 32.2 percent of the total electricity generation in the United States.
- Read more about electricity generation.
2012 National Fuel Mix
- Coal provided 37.4 percent of our nation's electricity.
- Natural gas supplied 30.3 percent.
- Nuclear energy produced 19.0 percent.
- Hydropower provided 6.7 percent of the supply.
- Other renewable resources, such as geothermal, solar, and wind, provided 5.4 percent.
- Fuel oil provided 0.6 percent of the generation mix.
- Other miscellaneous sources provided 0.6 percent.
- Learn more about these diverse fuels.
- As of the end of 2012, electric power sector CO2 emissions had declined 15 percent from 2005 levels, driven in part by low natural gas prices, reduced economic activity and low load growth. Read more about our domestic activities, international initiatives and efforts on carbon capture and storage (CCS).
- Ozone emissions in the eastern United States have been cut by 80 percent. These efforts also cut emissions of mercury by about 50 percent.
Customers, Sales, and Revenues
- In 2012, the average number of ultimate customers served by the electric industry totaled 145,293,957—a 0.5 percent increase from 2011.
- The average electricity use per customer was 25,949 kilowatt-hours (kWh).
- Total electric utility revenues from sales to ultimate customers equaled $364 billion—a 2.0 percent decrease from 2011.
- The average revenue received per kWh sold was 9.84 cents.
- According to the Energy Information Administration's Early Release of the Annual Energy Outlook 2014, electricity consumption is projected to increase at an annual rate of 0.9 percent from 2012 t0 2040.
- Overall, electricity demand is expected to increase a total of 28.1 percent by 2040.
- In 2012, total energy operating revenues of shareholder-owned electric companies were $345.6 billion.
- Consolidated holding company-level assets of shareholder-owned electric companies were $1,264.5 billion as of December 31, 2012.
- Of these assets, $760.8 billion were net property in service.
- Total market capitalization of U.S. shareholder-owned electric companies was $463.9 billion on December 31, 2012.
- In 2012, shareholder-owned electric utilities spent $14.8 billion on transmission investment, compared to approximately $12 billion in 2011 (in nominal dollars), and are projected to spend $17.4 billion in 2013.
- Shareholder-owned electric utilites are planning to invest more than $64 billion on transmission construcution between 2013 and 2016 (real $2012).
- Read more about the electricity transmission system.