Leading Think Tank Rates State Energy Consumption

ARLINGTON, Va. (March 17) — Wyoming, Louisiana, and Alaska consume the most total energy per person, according to new 2014 state energy rankings from EnergyTrends.org.

Meanwhile, Vermont, Pennsylvania and California were the states ranked most friendly to renewable energy, based on both state policies and actual energy data.

The unique ranking system is based not just on policies but on actual energy consumption and generation data. This includes the amount of energy generated and consumed per-person by source, growth of renewable energy, state programs for renewable energy, and other factors. Bonus points are awarded for categories such as grid-connected renewable installations, dynamic pricing for power utility consumers, and integration of electric vehicles.

EnergyTrends.org is a project of the Lexington Institute, a nonprofit think tank based in Arlington, Virginia.

“We still have a long way to go incorporating renewable energy, even though many states are making considerable progress,” said Don Soifer, Executive Vice President at the Lexington Institute. “So we felt it essential to grade based on a growth model, with plenty of room to reflect future improvements in the integration of renewables.”

EnergyTrends.org is about helping people understand the energy we use and produce. That is why we are committed to presenting information on a per-person basis in ways people can relate to and make comparisons with,” said Soifer. “It is an excellent resource for teachers, policymakers, and ordinary citizens interested in the energy they use.”

The site is based on the most recently available data, for 2011, released by the U.S. Department of Energy.

It also offers a wealth of other state-specific energy information, including per-capita consumption of energy from various fossil fuels, like coal, natural gas and gasoline, as well as renewable sources. All states are ranked in each category, along with indicators for important trends and summaries of important recent developments.

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