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Power Consumption of New York State

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2001 The World Almanac. Energy Consumption, Total and Per Capita, by State.State Energy Department, 1997. "4. New York 4093.2 Trillion Btu" 137 GW
New York Power Authority. Annual Report for 1991.1991: 16. "In 1991, the Power Authority sold 36.2 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity supplying 24 percent of the state's needs." 4.31 GW
(electrical only)
New York Power Authority. Annual Report for 1983.1983: 20. "The Authority supplied a total of almost 40 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity from its eight generating facilities and from Canadian imports." 4.57 GW
(electrical only)
Electrode To Lower Cost of Aluminum Smelting, Lessen Pollution. Columbus Research Communications. "The US which accounts for only about 17 percent of the world's aluminum productions manufactures about 3.4 billion kgs of Al per year and uses 44.2 billion kilowatt-hours of power to do it -- close to the annual power consumption of New York City." 5 GW
(NYC only)

Power is defined as the time rate at which work is done. The formula for average power is obtained by dividing work (W) by the time (t) required to perform work: P = W/t. Power is measured in Newton-meters per second or Joules per second or Watts.

The electric power generated for our homes comes from power plants through a system called a power distribution grid. The electric power originates from a power station within the power plant. The power station of a power system consists of a prime mover like a turbine which is then pushed by water or steam to operate a system of generators.

Most of the power of New York State is provided by Hydro-Quebec. Another major source is Con Edison Company. Actually, most of the world's electric power is generated in steam plants driven by coal, oil, nuclear energy or gas with less percentages generated by hydroelectric, diesel and internal combustion plants.

Polly Ho -- 2001