What is National Energy Appreciation Day?
National Energy Appreciation Day (NEAD), observed annually on October 4th, will recognize the importance of our domestic energy industry to modern life and celebrate the men and women who make it work.
The U.S. energy mix is truly reflective of an all-of-the-above approach. Coal, oil and natural gas make up 80% of our daily energy needs, nuclear makes up 8% and a variety of renewables such as hydro, biomass, wind, and solar make up 12%. In recent years, some energy technologies have sought to undermine the growth of other energy technologies by painting them in a negative light. We recognize all of our energy resources tradeoffs and benefits. On this day, we want to celebrate them all and focus on how our modern energy system has changed the trajectory of our economy and standard of living!
Did You Know:
On August 27, 1859, the modern U.S. energy industry was born when the first commercial oil well began pumping in Titusville, Pennsylvania. This engineering feat not only saved the whales that had almost been hunted to extinction in response to the growing need for whale oil to light kerosene lamps, it forever changed the trajectory of our economy and standard of living.
Celebrating National Energy Appreciation Day will:
- RECOGNIZE the vital role that energy plays in our economy and society, making everything we do possible
- EDUCATE the public on how energy is accessed – the hard work and long term planning that goes into safely bringing resources online
- CELEBRATE how environmental progress has gone hand-in-hand with improved energy productivity
- ELEVATE the women and men working in the energy field that deserve our recognition and gratitude