The Americans are using more energy with each new year. The latest report by the US Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory showed that in 2013 Americans used 2.3 quadrillion thermal units more than in 2012. The increase included all energy sectors: renewable energy sources, fossil fuels, and even nuclear energy.
The increased use of energy, especially in relation to increased fossil fuel use, has resulted in growth in US carbon dioxide emissions which have increased to 5,390 million metric tons, representing the first increase in emissions since 2010.
The most significant increase refers to wind energy sector. Wind energy use increased by 18% in 2013 as compared to 2012, mostly because of the installation of new gigantic turbines on many of new wind farms that have much better output as compared to previous wind farms.