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Among States, Texas Consumes the Most Energy, Vermont the Least

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map of 2015 total energy consumption, as explained in the article text

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, State Energy Data System.

EIA’s State Energy Data System (SEDS) recently released 2015 data estimates for all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. The estimates include data on both total energy consumption and energy consumption per capita, which is calculated by dividing total consumption by population.

In 2015, Texas consumed a total of 13 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu), or about 13% of total U.S. energy consumption. Texas has consumed the most energy in every year since 1960, the earliest year for which EIA has data. California ranked second in energy use, with a total consumption of 8 quadrillion Btu, about 8% of U.S. total energy use.

LouisianaFlorida, and Illinois round out the top five energy-consuming states, which together account for more than one-third of total U.S. total energy use. Total energy consumption by the top 10 states exceeded the combined energy use of the other 41 states (including the District of Columbia).

Vermont was the lowest energy-consuming state in 2015 at about 132 trillion Btu; it was the only state with a lower consumption level than the District of Columbia’s 179 trillion Btu. Historically, Vermont has used less energy than any other state since 1961. Rhode IslandDelawareHawaii, and New Hampshire round out the top five lowest energy-consuming states, which together accounted for only 1% of total U.S. energy use in 2015.

Overall, total U.S. energy consumption in 2015 was about 97 quadrillion Btu, a decrease of about 1% from 2014. In percentage terms, the states with the largest year-over-year percentage changes in energy use ranged from Minnesota, with a 7.6% decrease from 2014, to Florida, with a 3.7% increase from 2014.

Thirty-five states and the District of Columbia had less energy consumption in 2015 than in 2014, led by states in the Midwest. The seven largest percentage decreases in energy use all occurred among Midwestern states: energy consumption in Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, and Missouri decreased by a total of 704 trillion Btu from 2014 to 2015, accounting for nearly half of the total decline among states that had lower energy use in 2015 than in 2014.

map of total energy consumption per capita, as explained in the article text

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, State Energy Data System.

In terms of total energy consumption per capita, Louisiana ranked the highest of any state, totaling 912 million Btu (MMBtu) per person in 2015. These rankings reflect the total consumption across all sectors in the state: residential, commercial, transportation, industrial, and electric power. Wyoming ranked second with 893 MMBtu, followed by Alaska (840 MMBtu), North Dakota (802 MMBtu), and Iowa (479 MMBtu).

High per capita energy consumption in these states is largely attributable to industrial sector energy consumption, which accounts for more than 50% of all consumption in those five states. High production in the energy-intensive fossil fuel industry contributes to the high industrial sector consumption: Louisiana, Alaska, and North Dakota are all among the top ten states in crude oil production, while Wyoming is a leading producer of coal and natural gas. Iowa’s agriculture and manufacturing industries contribute to its relatively high consumption of energy in the sector.

In 2015, New York had the lowest total energy consumption per capita at 189 MMBtu, followed by Rhode Island, California, Hawaii, and Florida. Again, relatively low per capita consumption reflects the relatively low industrial sector energy consumption in those states. Overall, the 2015 U.S. national average total energy consumption per capita was 303 MMBtu in 2015, about 2% lower than in 2014 and 1.6% lower than in 2000.

EIA’s State Energy Data System contains a complete set of state-level estimates of energy production, consumption, prices, and expenditures through 2015.


28 Comments on "Among States, Texas Consumes the Most Energy, Vermont the Least"

  1. peaktard on Sun, 6th Aug 2017 8:39 am 

    we need a new energy transmission system taht doesn’t incure so much losses. how about replacing electrons with neutron or something, then convert back to electricty at the final stage.

  2. peaktard on Sun, 6th Aug 2017 8:41 am 

    i think low temperate is better for winds so the northern us should generate wind power and transmit to southern states.

    i think wind power is temperature dependent. i haven’t seen that graph yet. i expect it to be nonlinear

  3. Davy on Sun, 6th Aug 2017 11:56 am 

    I wonder what percent of the Texas consumption is related to their huge petro chemical industry.

  4. boat on Sun, 6th Aug 2017 2:31 pm 


    Texas leads the nation in natural gas consumption, accounting for about one-seventh of the nation’s total usage.67 The industrial and electric power sectors dominate Texas natural gas demand and together account for nearly nine-tenths of in-state consumption.68 The Texas industrial sector is responsible for about one-fifth of the nation’s total industrial sector consumption of natural gas.69 The amount of natural gas used for electricity generation in Texas is greater than in any other state and accounts for one-sixth of the U.S. total used for electricity generation.70 More than one-third of state households rely on natural gas as their primary heating fuel, but Texas residential natural gas consumption per capita ranks in the lower third of states nationally.71,72,73

  5. Davy on Sun, 6th Aug 2017 3:43 pm 

    Thanks boat

  6. rockman on Sun, 6th Aug 2017 10:29 pm 

    Davy – Here’s some even more interesting per capita numbers by segments in Texas:

    Total energy: #6
    Industrial: #6
    Transportation: #8
    Commercial: #28
    Residential: #40

    IOW much of our energy consumption goes into running the business sectors. And the business sector has been growing for years as companies relocate here. In fact just saw a news story last week about a company in Dallas that specializes in helping individuals and companies relocate to Texas.

    It’s interesting that north vs south is not a constant factor with residential: NY and Vermont rank lower then many southern states.

  7. Shortend on Mon, 7th Aug 2017 1:45 am 

    Well, than it stands to reason
    Of U.S. states, Texas stands to suffer most from climate change

    In Texas, these local effects are expected to be drastic. A study published in the journal Science back in June showed how Southern states, particularly Texas, stand to bear the highest cost of climate change — literally. As a direct result of rising temperatures, which would lead to more heat waves and heat-related deaths, many counties in this state could also lose up to 20 percent of their GDP in the next six decades.
    The New York Times reports that “if communities do not take preventative measures, the projected increase in heat-related deaths by the end of this century would be roughly equivalent to the number of Americans killed annually in auto accidents.” A two-year-old study went into detail about what kind of weather Texans could be facing by the 2050s. The number of extremely hot days per year — defined as days during which temperatures exceed 95 degrees — would double, leading to an additional 4500 annual heat-related deaths.

    What goes around , comes around

  8. Cloggie on Mon, 7th Aug 2017 3:43 am 

    The New York Times reports that “if communities do not take preventative measures, the projected increase in heat-related deaths by the end of this century would be roughly equivalent to the number of Americans killed annually in auto accidents.”

    An absolute non-event.

    This could be more than compensated by blasting all the McDonalds’s and Burger King’s and giving all Americans a government funded bicycle.

  9. Cloggie on Mon, 7th Aug 2017 3:50 am 

    Btw this morning, after 11 weeks, I achieved losing 10 kg since June 22, reducing my weight from 100 back to 89.6 kg at a length of 190 cm. It took a lot of effort, like jogging or cycling to the Belgian border 5 times a week through the Leenderbos (2 hours in total) and replacing dinner with a large tomato + a bit of Mozarella, spiced with basilicum from my own garden.

    I’m going for an extra 5 kg.

  10. Davy on Mon, 7th Aug 2017 6:06 am 

    Clog, I am heading out on a jog now, good work on the weight tweaking. You and I are about the same proportions. I am 73.2 and 86.

  11. Cloggie on Mon, 7th Aug 2017 6:26 am 

    Yes Davy, I now feel much better than a few months ago. Btw I started on May 22 (not June 22), keeping an accurate log of all the intake and effort. Bought for that purpose a nice gadget…

    …to keep track of not only calories burned and heartbeat, but also hours slept. The latter prompted me to take measures to improve the quality of my sleep (boils down to making the bedroom as dark as possible and go to bed earlier and get up earlier. Reduced coffee from five to three 250 ml mugs.).

    And I broke with my habit of not having breakfast. I now agree that you need a normal breakfast, but can minimize eating later in the day. 4 slices of bread in the morning and two mugs coffee, a small portion of yoghurt by noon and the tomato with mozzarella suffices later in the afternoon and a handful of salted peanuts late in the evening, suffices to sail through the day without a tormenting sense of hunger. Add 1-2 hours of cycling before sunset and than it goes fast with losing weight. Not eating is still more effective than jogging.

  12. Davy on Mon, 7th Aug 2017 7:08 am 

    Yea, calories are the other half of the equation. I am flexible and spontaneous on what I eat. I make a big effort to eat whole grains and fresh fruit and vegetables. I minimize meat. My wife is Italian so I generally eat a Mediterranean diet. It is very hard to eat right in the US. You can buy good food both at the market and restaurants but it is pricy and less availed. The US diet is horrible and no wonder people are obese. I add a fasting regime to my weekly effort. I don’t eat at all on Mondays and Thursdays. I drink green tea and have a Kombucha for lunch on these days. I have been doing this now going on 10 years. It works well for me. I jog twice a week and lift weights twice a week.

    The reason I mention this is not to brag how shinny I am. I am happy with myself and that increases productivity. I mention this because personal health is a primary component to prepping. I am prepping myself for a harder life. A life where we will likely have far less food choices and quantities. This life will likely involve much more physical labor. In addition to this effort I have my normal physical effort of running a farm. This is variable though and the reason I need a set work out. There are times when the farm work is hard enough that I skip a workout. I also am variable with my fasting. If it is the holidays or guest are here I adjust. If you are into doom and prep then you should have a physical effort to accompany the mental effort and the actual constructive effort of prepping.

  13. Shortend on Mon, 7th Aug 2017 8:11 am 

    Yes, it IS an EVENT
    Dr. Hansen’s data “really highlight that changes in the average, while they may seem modest, have big implications for the extremes. And that’s what’s going to affect society and ecosystems,” Dr. Sanford said. The findings reveal what has happened so far, and also provide “a glimpse to what’s in our future
    Dr. Hansen and two colleagues compared actual summer temperatures for each decade since the 1980s to a fixed baseline average. During the base period, 1951 to 1980, about a third of local summer temperatures across the Northern Hemisphere were in what they called a “near average” or normal range. A third were considered cold; a third were hot.

    Since then, summer temperatures have shifted drastically, the researchers found. Between 2005 and 2015, two-thirds of values were in the hot category, and nearly 15 percent were in a new category: extremely hot.

    Practically, that means most summers are now either hot or extremely hot compared with the mid-20th century.

    But If you are 50 or over it is less so an event lOL

  14. rockman on Mon, 7th Aug 2017 10:25 am 

    In 2016 there were 6 heat related deaths in Texas. That year more the 1,000 people died in alcohol related auto accidents. And 3,800 died in all vehicle accidents.

    BTW in 2014 a total of 7 folks were killed by dogs in Texas. And on average about 2 people in Texas die each year from venomous snakebites. IOW there’s a lot more to worry about in Texas then the temperature.

  15. Apneaman on Mon, 7th Aug 2017 11:14 am 

    That’s right rockman, like all those AGW Jacked record breaking Rain Bombs and hail y’all been getting the last handful of years. You know the ones that will only get bigger and better. Regardless of the death toll (never enough for texass IMO) what has the economic costs of the heat and rain bomb flooding and hail been?

    Still playing the minimizing and and misdirection game like good little monkey.

    Like I told you before asshole your plans for your daughters future are a waste of time because she is unlikely to make it to 30 and even if she does there will be no need for her little college degree.

    You really should be teaching her something that might prove useful in the new world the humans are creating, like how to fight or suck cock. Something that might keep her alive when your money and status no longer matter.

  16. Apneaman on Mon, 7th Aug 2017 12:18 pm 

    ” A record-setting amount of rain has fallen in parts of Texas, knocking out power to thousands, flooding streets and forcing high-water rescues.”

    Storms, Floods, and Droughts
    The cycle that transports water around the Earth is intensifying

  17. Apneaman on Mon, 7th Aug 2017 1:25 pm 

    Tulsa storms leave dozens injured as floods submerge parts of Kansas City and New Orleans

  18. Apneaman on Mon, 7th Aug 2017 1:27 pm 

    Flash Drought In US High Plains May Have Already Destroyed Half Of This Year’s Wheat Crop

  19. Sissyfuss on Mon, 7th Aug 2017 2:20 pm 

    Ape, dragging Rocks daughter in to your verbal assaults is way over the top. If you disagree with his take on the situation so be it. But I’m sure he loves his daughter and he will suffer like the rest of us who love our young ones facing a horrific future.

  20. bobinget on Mon, 7th Aug 2017 2:25 pm 

    Chesapeake has brought online an experimental well drilled in Wyoming County, PA (northeastern part of the state) with an initial production of 61 million cubic feet equivalent per day (MMcfe/d). This is a MONSTER Marcellus well! The Chesapeake McGavin well in Wyoming County, with a 10,500 foot lateral, has the highest IP of any Marcellus well. They used “32 million pounds of Frac Sand.” The well cost is estimated to be $8.5 million–a tad more expensive that others they’ve drilled in the area, but a bargain with those kinds of flow rates.

  21. Apneaman on Mon, 7th Aug 2017 3:52 pm 

    Sissyfuss, I consider cunts like rockman being a full time cancer industry profiteer and apologetic and bragging about how much money he is making while the have not’s, even in his own country, continue to die and get their shit destroyed from the very shit he brags about. I don’t give two fucks about his stupid fucking daughter or your sensitivity policing of me. I do not acknowledge your ‘top’ so it’s impossible for me to go over it. $400,000 is how much the, crawl from under a rockman makes. I know because he said so. He also said him, multiple times, that he and his oil scum buddies are ‘not your mommy, lol’. You don’t see? You are falling for the good ole boy act the puts on. He’s fucking scum. He comes on here and with his oily think tank propaganda and talking points and in your face bragging about his insane greedy industry that is making things as bad as they possible could be with the ongoing multi billion dollar denial campaign and buck passing and lying and you fucking say I’m over the top? You’re blind. Just because it’s legitimized doesn’t mean it’s not criminal in my book. Banality of evil and all that.

    Guess what the rockman will do if he is still alive when Houston becomes unlivable? He’ll take the loss and buy a house somewhere north where it’s still habitable and continue to drill if able and put his daughter in college if available. Same for all the rich oil boys. The families are guilty by association and are living nicely too and they know the score. What will those of little or no means in Houston do? Die or migrate as best they can. What about their daughters? What about all the daughters suffering now from AGW jacked consequences that the oil industry and it’s ‘people’ still deny and downplay? Where is your concern for them? Do you have any idea how all this well funded denial results in little or no official preparation for the inevitable consequences? People are suffering while rockman brags. If you want to defend him then fuck you too.

    It’s not that oil scum like rockman are totally responsible, it’s that they did everything in their power, spent billions corrupting and lying and muddying the waters for their own power and profit even when they knew the consequences as well as anyone. The humans were doomed a long time ago, but the date was never fixed and it’s going to happen when it does because of people like him. They blocked any threat to their profits and many “threats” were band aids and protections that could have at least bought the humans more time. Much suffering and destruction that could have been avoided has already happened because of their conspiring and plenty more is coming. The only positive is that much of it takes place in retard denier states – the only good denier s a dead one. If it was up to me, I would put them on trial and then hang them publicly. Attendance is mandatory.

  22. Apneaman on Mon, 7th Aug 2017 3:55 pm 

    Massive rain swamps metro N.O. Saturday

    “All the pumps, he said, we working and no system could have handled what this city was dealt – 8-10 inches of rain in about three hours time.”

    Yabut, I made $400,000 and I’m not their mommy, so fuck em – let sink or swim on their own.

  23. Apneaman on Mon, 7th Aug 2017 3:59 pm 

    18 Major Flood Events Have Hit Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas Since March 2015

    Sorry your elected officials have not prepared for this folks, but the big oil think tanks said it’s a hoax – it’s not us – it’s natural – it’s not that bad – climut alwees changes. Can’t prepare for something that is not real now can we?

  24. Davy on Mon, 7th Aug 2017 4:33 pm 

    Siss, I agree with you that family is taking the emotional drama too far. Grehg, likes to bash my family too. Must be a west coast Canadian personality disorder.

  25. GregT on Mon, 7th Aug 2017 5:42 pm 

    I never bashed your family Davy. More delusional thinking on your part. I just find it irresponsible that a father of two spends so much of his time on this board instead of with his sons.

  26. Sissyfuss on Mon, 7th Aug 2017 6:13 pm 

    Ape, telling someone his daughter needs to learn to suck dick is always over the top. Rockman can defend himself about his career choices but his daughter had nothing to do with it.

  27. Makati1 on Mon, 7th Aug 2017 6:47 pm 

    GregT, I am beginning to doubt he has two sons, or even a family. It takes time to write his long bullshit comments. Not to mention respond to all of the things he dislikes in the comments.

    When I was raising a family, I was lucky to get time to myself once a week for a few hours. I always had work to do and family to do things with and for. And, I wasn’t even trying to farm. Being a parent, husband, bread winner, and father took all of my time. As I said before, I pity any family he may have.

  28. boat on Mon, 7th Aug 2017 8:13 pm 

    All this worry about deaths is touching when we all should know we need to kill off 80 million more every year just to create peak human overpopulation. Encourage obesity, drugs and anything personally unhealthy so there will less to bury when the storms, heat and food gets tight. Meanwhile, I’ll see you at the gym or the fresh fruit section at the store.

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