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Electric Grid Continues to Show its True Colors

Preliminary estimates from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) show that, in 2023, more than 56 percent of all the energy used to generate grid electricity was lost during power conversion, transmission, and distribution. The lion’s share of energy loss occurred at power plants themselves during the generation process. This is unsurprising given the high heat rate loss at most thermal power plants. The typical coal plant, for example, has a paltry operational efficiency of only 32 percent. Collectively, the inefficiencies associated with utility-scale electricity mean that power companies must burn more fuel to generate sufficient electricity to meet demand. All of this results in more emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants.

Unlike electricity, propane is a primary energy source and its direct-use is a clean and very efficient way to consume energy, as you don’t have the inefficiencies and added emissions often associated with grid electricity. Using a full fuel-cycle analysis, propane is clearly an environmentally-friendly way to power buildings, vehicles, and industrial applications.

To find out more about how electricity is generated in your state, visit the Fight Electrification section on NPGA’s website. For more information, contact NPGA’s Director of State Affairs, Jacob Peterson.