Profile America — Monday, April 23rd. People who have used computers for some time will remember the saying "garbage in — garbage out." In these days of intensive search for alternative ways to create energy, the words may become "garbage in — energy out," as an increasing number of power plants burn garbage instead of fossil fuels. The first power plant in the U.S. to burn garbage was the Union Electric Company in St. Louis, Missouri, this month in 1972. The U.S. now burns about 14 percent of its trash, compared to the 54 percent of the world leader, Denmark. Coal, natural gas, and nuclear power currently generate most electricity used in the U.S. Among renewable energy sources, hydroelectric plants lead in the generation of electricity. Profile America is completing its 15th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 3489 Statistical Abstract of the United States 2009, t.903
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