On August 9, Forbes contributor Rebecca Lerner released an article detailing which states use the most energy per capita, and the results may surprise you.
The list starts with Louisiana, followed by Wyoming, Alaska, North Dakota and Iowa. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the industrial sector accounts for more than 50% of all power consumption in these lightly populated, but major energy-consuming states. Weather and geography play a key role in their energy consumption: winter in Wyoming, Alaska and North Dakota can be long and bitter, Louisiana bakes in the summer heat, and the majority of people in those areas are driving greater distances on a daily basis. All this translates into big consumption of gas and energy.
Interestingly, on the other end of the list New York (#51) , Rhode Island (#50), Hawaii (#49) and Florida (#48) are the States that consume the least energy per capita. New York is one of the highest consuming states, but its energy intensity and per capita consumption are remarkably low. As explained by the EIA, “The state's energy efficiency results in part from the New York City metropolitan region's widely used mass transportation systems."– NuEnergen currently counts the MTA as one of its largest customers – “More than half of New York City workers use public transit, and more than one-fourth of state residents do, which is five times the U.S. average.”
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