Pennsylvania is our country’s leading exporter of electricity according to the United States Energy Information Administration.
Electricity routinely flows among the Lower 48 states and, to a lesser extent, between the United States and Canada and Mexico. From 2013 to 2017, Pennsylvania was the largest net exporter of electricity, sending an annual average of 59 million megawatthours (MWh) outside the state. California was the largest net importer, receiving an average of 77 million MWh annually.
Did you also know the largest single source of electricity in our state is nuclear power?
Pennsylvania generates a lot of electricity and the largest single source comes from nuclear power while natural gas comes in second and coal a solid third. Renewable energy comes in far behind.
When you hear someone talking about renewable energy, primarily referring to wind and solar, the above facts are something to keep in mind. Since renewable energy is often touted as “carbon-free,” you should remind them that nuclear energy has zero carbon emissions. Anyone concerned about climate change and lowering carbon emissions should support nuclear energy, which has the added benefit of being always on, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year without depending on wind and sunshine, in other words, PA is already doing its part to reduce carbon emissions without any need for more wind turbines.