Annual electricity use in the typical U.S. home has increased 61 percent since 1970.
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Rolling blackouts and electrical grid inefficiencies cost an estimated $80 billion a year.
Retrofitting public buildings to be greener would create as many as 800,000 jobs.
Moving freight by rail instead of trucks reduces greenhouse gas emissions an average of 75 percent.
The Federal Highway Administration estimates that 25 percent of congestion is attributable to traffic incidents, around half of which are crashes. According to a study published by the Eno Center for Transportation, a 10 percent autonomous vehicle market penetration rate would result in an estimated 15 percent decrease in freeway congestion delays for all vehicles, mostly due to smoothed flow and bottleneck reductions.
According to a University of California, Berkeley study power outages account for roughly $80 billion annually in total losses to communities across the U.S. Based on that calculation, the Electric Power Board (EPB) of Chattanooga estimates that community losses in its service area are roughly $105 million annually. However, due to its SmartGrid Chattanooga has achieved outage reductions of 60%, saving the community $50 million or more each year in lost productivity, lost product, and lost sales.
A Department of Energy (DOE) smart grid demonstration project in Olympic Peninsula, Washington found that consumers save 10 percent on their utility bills.
Smart appliances costing $600 million can provide as much reserve capacity to the grid as power plants worth $6 billion.
The US intelligent transportation systems industry generates more than $48 billion in revenue for the US economy.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that approximately 4,000 to 5,000 miles of drinking water mains are replaced annually.
The United States loses approximately 6 billion gallons a day—enough water to supply the entire state of California.
A significant water line bursts on average every two minutes somewhere in the United States.