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Infographic: Track the Flow of Energy in the United States
A tweet by the U.S. Department of Energy brought our attention to this collection of "Energy Flow Charts' on the website of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
One thing that becomes exceedingly clear is how wasteful the entire energy industry is by the time its product gets down to the end user. In the fine print of the 2017 flow chart for the United States, we see that end user efficiency is calculated at 65 percent for the residential sector, 65 percent for the commercial sector, 49 percent for the industrial sector, and 21 percent for the transportation sector.