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What Is Energy? - Energy Explained, Your Guide To Understanding Energy - Energy Information Administration

What Is Energy? - Energy Explained, Your Guide To Understanding Energy - Energy Information Administration

When people use electricity in their homes, the electrical power is probably generated by burning coal or natural gas, by a nuclear reaction, or by a hydroelectric plant on a river, to name just a few sources. When people fill up a car’s gasoline tank, the energy source is petroleum (gasoline) refined from crude oil and may include fuel ethanol made by growing and processing corn. Coal, natural gas, nuclear, hydropower, petroleum, and ethanol are called energy sources. Energy sources are divided into two groups: Renewable (an energy source that can be easily replenished) Nonrenewable (an energy source that cannot be easily replenished) Renewable and nonrenewable energy sources can be used as primary energy sources to produce useful energy such as heat or used to produce secondary energy... Show More
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