The Footprint of Energy

Conclusion: Electricity generation is energy intensive, and each source leaves its own environmental and ecological footprint. This report has considered the various direct and indirect land requirements for coal, natural gas, nuclear, hydro, wind, and solar electricity generation in the United States in 2015. The land used by each source was approximated to account for that expended during resource production, by energy plants, for transport and transmission, and to store waste materials. The final assessment can be seen below as the chart shows how many acres per megawatt each source of electricity uses.