States’ energy use correlates with efficiency policies, new data suggest

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Energy use per capita varies widely by state, according to new data from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). The lowest is in Rhode Island, where people consume five times less energy than those in Louisiana, which has the highest rate.

Perhaps not surprisingly, we see correlation between per capita energy use and state policy. That becomes clear when you look at how EIA’s data compares with our State Scorecard rankings; the states with the lowest overall energy use per capita (Rhode Island, New York) typically rank among the highest in the State Scorecard rankings (3rd and 7th in the 2017 State Scorecard, respectively). Similarly, the states with the highest overall energy consumption per capita (Louisiana, Wyoming) typically rank in the lowest positions in the Scorecard (44th and 49th, respectively).

 

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