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State Energy Data Release—May 10, 2013

State-level estimates of consumption for noncombustible renewable energy for 2011

State-level estimates for noncombustible renewable energy, for data year 2011, are available at SEDS Updates.  Noncombustible renewable energy includes hydroelectric power, wind energy, geothermal energy, and solar thermal and photovoltaic energy.  Data highlights include the following:

  • U.S. consumption of hydroelectric power increased from 2.5 quadrillion Btu to 3.1 quadrillion Btu from 2010 to 2011, a 22-percent increase.  The top consuming states were Washington, California, Oregon, and New York.
  • U.S. consumption of wind energy increased from 0.9 quadrillion Btu to 1.2 quadrillion Btu from 2010 to 2011, a 26-percent increase.  Texas, the largest consuming state, accounted for 25 percent of all wind energy consumed.
  • U.S. consumption of geothermal energy totaled 212 trillion Btu in 2011, a 2-percent increase from 2010.  California, the largest consuming state, accounted for 58 percent of all geothermal energy consumed.
  • U.S. consumption of solar thermal and photovoltaic energy increased from 126 trillion to 171 trillion Btu from 2010 to 2011, a 36-percent increase.  Florida and California accounted for 69 percent of all solar energy consumed.                                       

SEDS provides annual state-level estimates of energy consumption, prices, and expenditures by sector and energy source.  A full set of state-level estimates for all fuels, all sectors, and all years through data year 2011 will be released in June 2013.

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