How much of the energy that is generated by power plants never makes it to power outlets?



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    Energy efficiency is a huge issue in energy policy; nearly two thirds of every burned unit of fuel goes into cooling towers and smokestacks. This means that power plants in the US are only 33% efficient at converting fossil fuel into the electric, usable energy we get from our outlets. For this reason a lot of research is being done on improving technology that recovers wasted energy from industry as well as technology that cogenerates heat and electricity from a single fuel source. 

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