KBH Center for Energy, Law, and Business Reports on U.S. Energy Use

 

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An Oklahoma City-based investment executive, Duke Ligon founded the Mekusukey Oil Company, a private mineral investment firm. In addition to his business, Duke Ligon serves as co-chair of the Kay Bailey Hutchison (KBH) Center for Energy, Law, and Business.

According to a recent KBH report, the United States currently gets only 10 percent of its energy from renewable sources. Fossil fuels, which are the main driver of greenhouse gas emissions, still dominate our energy use. About 36 percent of US energy is derived from petroleum, 29 percent from natural gas, and 16 percent from coal. The last 9 percent comes from nuclear sources.

When looking at just renewable energy, nearly half of renewable energy production comes from biomass, while one-quarter comes from hydroelectric, and 19 percent comes from wind. Solar currently only makes up roughly 6 percent of energy production, and geothermal just 2 percent. The KBH report notes that future regulatory changes may impact the quantity of energy production from each source.

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