# Kilowatts needed to power the city of Pittsburgh, PA

I working in sales for a recycling compand and we are putting together a "Green Sheet" for our customers to show them the environmental impact of the materials they recycle.

I have already found information on the amounts of different items that are saved by 1 ton of recycled paper.

I would like to give them a "visual" idea of this impact and know how many kilowatts are needed to power the city of Pittsburgh would give them a more realistic idea of what their recycling can do.

Thanks,

Curt

 retsoksirhc Posts: 920, Reputation: 366 Senior Member #2 Aug 28, 2007, 02:28 PM
I don't have any info about it, but I think that's a great idea. Good luck.
 KISS Posts: 12,620, Reputation: 4388 Uber Member #3 Aug 28, 2007, 02:59 PM
Call the power company.
 tkrussell Posts: 9,673, Reputation: 3698 Senior Electrical & Lighting Expert #4 Aug 28, 2007, 03:10 PM
Try contacting the local electric distribution utility:

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 ebaines Posts: 10,594, Reputation: 5809 Expert #5 Aug 29, 2007, 06:41 AM
Here's a back of the envelope calculation. The per capita energy consumption in the US is about 12,000 KwH/Yr: see
List of countries by electricity consumption - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The population of Pittsburgh is about 340,000, so the total electricity consumption per year in Pittsburgh can be guestimated to be around 4,000,000 megawatt-hours/year, or an average electricity power draw of 466 megawatts. I suspect the energy saved by recycling 1 ton of paper is a pittance compared to that!

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