State Energy Profiles: Updated Analytical Narratives and New Data for September and October 2013

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on December 24, 2013

“As with national trends, the energy sectors in each state continue to experience rapid changes, including increased oil and natural gas production, new renewable electricity generation, and changing motor gasoline prices. With these and other energy trends in mind, the U.S. Energy Information Administration updated its State Energy Profiles, which are available through EIA’s State Energy Portal. There are new analytical narratives on the energy sectors of each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 5 U.S. territories. Portal users can also tap into the multilayer mapping function to show user-selected views of fossil and renewable energy resources, oil refineries, pipelines, power plants, transmission lines, and other energy infrastructure. Policy makers, energy analysts, and the general public can access revised state-level analysis on the petroleum, natural gas, coal, and electricity sectors. In addition, the narratives feature a new section on renewable energy that details each state’s renewable resources, including biomass, geothermal, hydroelectricity, solar, and wind, and how those resources are being developed. State Energy Profiles give users detailed portraits of energy production, consumption, and energy prices at the state level. They feature almost 90 key data series, state Quick Facts, and charts for each state. Users can learn state facts, such as:

  • Texas is the nation’s top crude oil producer and accounts for more than one-fourth of the nation’s petroleum-refining capacity.
  • Washington ranks first in the nation in hydroelectric generation and has the lowest electricity prices.
  • Coal produced in Kentucky is distributed to about one-half of the U.S. states.
  • The world’s largest photovoltaic solar electricity generation facility is currently under construction in Arizona.
  • Nevada is second in the nation, after California, in the amount of geothermal power produced.
  • Pennsylvania’s natural gas production more than quadrupled after 2009 because of increased development of the Marcellus Shale, placing the state among the top producers nationally.”

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