EIA updates state profiles, adds data on renewables

By Erin Voegele | December 24, 2013

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has updated its state energy profiles and added new analytical narratives on the energy sectors of each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories. The narratives feature a new section on renewable energy that provide details on each state’s renewable resources and how those resources are being developed. 

A wide variety of data is available for each state, including an estimate annual biomass energy consumption. In addition, energy consumption is estimated for coal, natural gas, gasoline, fuel oil, jet fuel, liquefied petroleum gas, residual fuel, other petroleum, nuclear electric power, hydroelectric power, and other renewables. Data is also available on the net interstate flow of electricity.

The EIA also breaks down state-level energy consumption by end use sector, including residential, commercial, industrial and transportation. State energy production estimates are also available for biofuels, other renewable energy sources, nuclear power, crude oil, natural gas and coal. In addition, the datasets include information on net electricity generation by source and energy prices.

A mapping tool provides information on local biomass resources, wood resources and the location and capacity of existing biomass power plants. Similar map data is available for other renewable and fossil-based energy resources.

State-level data is also available for fuel ethanol. According to statistics published by the EIA, the U.S. consumed more than 306.71 million barrels of ethanol in 2012, including 301.44 million barrels in the transportation sector. California consumed the most ethanol, with more than 28.91 million barrels consumed across all sectors. Texas was the second highest ethanol consumer, with 27.65 million barrels. Florida is was the third highest consuming state, with 18.82 million barrels consumed in 2012. 

Ethanol production data for 2011 is also available.  Approximately 331.65 million barrels of the fuel were produced that year, with Iowa, Nebraska and Illinois listed as the top-three producing states.