State Energy Profiles
State and Territory Energy Profiles have each been updated with five new bulleted Quick Facts. Most Quick Facts have been updated to data year 2011, and they also now reflect the recently released 2010 estimates from the State Energy Data System. In addition, the Quick Facts feature a broader coverage of electricity generation.
New Quick Facts include the following:
- In 2011, North Dakota was the fourth largest crude oil-producing State in the Nation and accounted for over 7 percent of total U.S. crude oil production; a 35-percent increase in production from 2010 to 2011 was primarily driven by horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing in the Bakken formation.
- Annual gross natural gas production more than doubled in Pennsylvania in 2011, exceeding 1 trillion cubic feet, due to production from the Marcellus shale.
- Georgia is heavily forested and has been a leading State in the production of lumber and pulpwood, which contribute feedstock for biomass electricity generation; in 2011, Georgia ranked third in the Nation in net electricity generation from biomass.
- Alaska's electricity infrastructure differs from that of the lower 48 States in that most consumers are not linked to large interconnected grids through transmission and distribution lines; rural communities in Alaska rely primarily on diesel electric generators for power.
- Nevada ranked second in the Nation in net electricity generation from both geothermal and solar energy in 2011; 9.1 percent of Nevada's net electricity generation came from those two sources.
State and Territory Energy Profiles provide Quick Facts and a narrative Overview for all 56 States and Territories. In addition, the Profiles offer 90 key data series for all States, including nine with State rankings. To view all 56 Profiles, visit the State Energy Profiles home page.