The top seven states in the US that use the most renewable energy and their calculated share of consumption are California (10.23%), Texas (8.94%), Washington (8.48%), Oregon (4.40%), New York (4.34%), Iowa (4.11%), and Oklahoma (2.82%). Below, is an overview of our findings.
The Top Seven States and Their Consumption of Renewable Energy
- “The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) collects, analyzes, and disseminates independent and impartial energy information to promote sound policymaking, efficient markets, and public understanding of energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment.”
- The US EIA reports that in 2019, the consumption of primary renewable energy increased for the fourth year in a row, reaching a record 11.5 quadrillion (or ~ 11,500 trillion) British thermal units (Btu), accounting for 11% of the country’s total energy consumption. In 2018, it was about 11,301 trillion Btu.
- EIA also provides the segmentation of this consumption by state, with the segmentation for 2018 being the most recent information it published in January 2021. Britannica/ProCon also published interactive data based on the segmentation details provided by EIA. Based on this, the top seven states that use renewable energy and their consumption in the US (11,281.6 trillion Btu) are below:
- California: 1,154.5 trillion Btu or 10.23% (i.e., 1,154.5 trillion Btu * 100 / 11,281.6 trillion Btu)
- Texas: 1,009.0 trillion Btu or 8.94% (i.e., 1,009.0 trillion Btu * 100 / 11,281.6 trillion Btu)
- Washington: 956.8 trillion Btu or 8.48% (i.e., 956.8 trillion Btu * 100 / 11,281.6 trillion Btu)
- Oregon: 496.8 trillion Btu or 4.40% (i.e., 496.8 trillion Btu * 100 / 11,281.6 trillion Btu)
- New York: 490.3 trillion Btu or 4.34% (i.e., 490.3 trillion Btu * 100 / 11,281.6 trillion Btu)
- Iowa: 463.4 trillion Btu or 4.11% (i.e., 463.4 trillion Btu * 100 / 11,281.6 trillion Btu)
- Oklahoma: 317.9 trillion Btu or 2.82% (i.e., 317.9 trillion Btu * 100 / 11,281.6 trillion Btu)
- Detailed segmentation of this data, including the consumption from the various renewable energy types that aggregated to the total consumption of renewable energy by state, can be found below:
- Note that the research team used data for 2018 to determine the top states that use renewable consumption because no other resource provides such data. Only the US EIA curates such levels of information and it published the data in January 2021.