Electricity

Top 10 States by Highest Electricity Consumption in the USA

The U.S. gets most of the energy from fossil fuels, including coal, natural gas, and petroleum, whereas renewable sources account for about 10% of total energy consumption, as per a report published a couple of years ago by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Electricity consumption varies across states and cities. Do you have any idea how much energy is being consumed by the people living in your city or state? Is your state/city amongst the top consumers of electricity or the bottom ones? In other words, is energy consumption too high or too low in your state? This article will serve as a guide for all those looking for the top few states with the highest electricity consumption in the U.S. Here’s the most comprehensive list for your reference:

  1. Oregon: Oregon ranks on top of this list with the highest energy consumption and overall infrastructure category. The history of this state dates back to Northwest exploration. Oregon was explored by the Spanish and then British explorers around the 17th and 18th centuries. The city is located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean and, historically, its economy has been based on timber, fishing, and inland infrastructure. The average electricity consumption of the state is 48,157,378 MWh each year.

  2. Washington: Washington is the second placeholder in this list. Outdoor enthusiasts simply love Washington for its geological diversity comprising deserts, mountains, rainforests, and a breathtaking Pacific coastline. The scenic treasures of the state attract visitors from all parts of the world to spend a few days. The state’s annual electricity consumption is 93 TWh. The state consumes 2,500 MSTN of coal, 255 Bcf of natural gas, 64,300 Mbarrels of motor gasoline, and 22,900 Mbarrels of distillate fuel.

  3. South Dakota: South Dakota is the third name in the list of the top 10 states by highest electricity consumption in the U.S. Historically, a part of the northern Plains land, modern South Dakota was claimed by the French who later (in 1803) sold it to the United States in Louisiana Purchase. The state consumes roughly 11.7 TWh of electricity per year along with 2,000 MSTN of coal, 63 Bcf of natural gas, 9,800 Mbarrels of motor gasoline, and 8,300 Mbarrels of distillate fuel.

  4. Iowa: The Midwestern state, Iowa is at number four in this list. The state sits beautifully between the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. The state is known for its breathtaking landscapes of cornfields and rolling plains. Des Moines is the capital city of Iowa and is home to the gold-domed, 19th century State Capitol Building, Des Moines Art Center, and Pappajohn Sculpture Park. Annual energy consumption of the state is as follows: the state consumes 45.7 TWh of electric power, 24,100 MSTN of coal, 83 Bcf of natural gas, 31,000 Mbarrels of motor gasoline, and 25,100 Mbarrels of distillate fuel.

  5. North Dakota: Fifth rank is held by North Dakota, another Midwestern U.S. state in the list. Great Plains dominate this state. Fargo is the city situated in the east of North Dakota and is home to the Plains Art Museum that showcases Native American and modern art. The immigrant history of the area is honored at the Scandinavian Heritage Association in Minot (source wiki). The state consumes about 14.7 TWh of electric power, 22,900 MSTN of coal, 267 Bcf of natural gas, 9,900 Mbarrels of motor gasoline, and 22,600 Mbarrels of distillate fuel.  

  6. Montana: Montana is the sixth state in this order. Situated on the Northwest of the U.S., Montana is blessed by a diverse terrain that ranges from the Great Plains to the Rocky Mountains. The wide-open spaces of the state comprise of Glacier National Park, an extensive wilderness preserve passing into Canada. The snow-capped peaks, alpine hiking trails, and lakes of the park are showcased along its famed 50-miles long Going-to-the-Sun Road. The city on an average consumes about 13.9 TWh of electric power, 9,300 MSTN of coal, 62 Bcf of natural gas, 15,800 Mbarrels of motor gasoline, and 10,000 Mbarrels of distillate fuel.

  7. Nebraska: Once called "The Great American Desert", Nebraska is a Midwestern U.S. state. Life in Nebraska is good and quite affordable which is a big factor that contributes to the continual growth of the state. Nebraskans enjoy a myriad of outdoor attractions as well as charming small towns. Omaha, Scottsbluff, and Lincoln are the best places to live in this state. The average electricity consumption in Nebraska is over 30,359 million kilowatt-hours.

  8. Nevada: At number 8 in this list, we have Nevada, a state located in the Western U.S. The state is ranked 4th in the U.S. for its economic outlook. The forecast is based upon the state's standing in 15 important state policy variables, as per the online sources. The state earned fame because of the discovery of the Comstock Lode in 1859. Comstock Lode is the richest known U.S. silver deposit. Besides being the largest gold-producing state in the nation, Nevada is the entertainment and gambling capital of the United States. The state consumes roughly 35.2 TWh of electricity, 2,600 MSTN of coal, 359 Bcf of natural gas, 22,300 Mbarrels of motor gasoline, and 8,600 Mbarrels of distillate fuel.

  9. Oklahoma: At the ninth position is the state of Oklahoma. The state is situated towards the South Central region of the U.S. and is bordered by Kansas on the north, Texas on the south and west Missouri on the northeast, and Colorado on the northwest. As per the department of energy, the state on an average consumes about 53 TWh, 18,300 MSTN of coal-powered energy, 587 Bcf of natural gas, 47,200 Mbarrels of motor gasoline, and 32,300 Mbarrels of distillate fuel.  

  10. Minnesota:  Last but not the least in the list, Minnesota is located in the Upper Midwest. Bordering Lake Superior and Canada, the state boasts of 10,000 other lakes including the primary source of Mississippi river Lake Itasca. The state consumes about 68.0 TWh of electricity, 13,400 MSTN of coal energy, 409 Bcf of natural gas, 53,900 Mbarrels of motor gasoline, and 28,300 Mbarrels of distillate fuel.

The rankings may change depending on the fluctuations (due to weather change and other important factors) in the energy usages across the different states of the U.S. With this listing and information above, I’ve tried to portray the big picture of the current scenario and believe it was a good read. Please feel free to share this post with others who may find it useful.

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Deepika Blogger Published On : Nov. 8, 2019

Blogger & Writer from Dallas, Texas

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