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Electricity is at the heart of the U.S. energy economy. A report by the Manhattan Institute cites this fascinating statistic: In 1950, 20 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product was directly dependent on electricity. By 2008, that number had tripled to 60 percent. Additionally, the report states that over 85 percent of the U.S. energy growth since 1980 was met by electricity. The United States spends $1 billion a day on foreign oil, while our electricity is made right here in America. In today's world, energy efficiency must be a part of any energy discussion.