We hope you like the new design and format of our site, and find it a useful tool for better understanding the energy we Americans use. Check out the brand new state rankings for overall energy use per person, and letter grades for renewable energy. Questions or suggestions? Please let us know via email@example.com.Read More
Net metering — which requires utilities to purchase energy generated by a consumer and offset the energy provided by the utility — has been around since the early 1980s, with 43 states adopting versions as of 2014. Minnesota, which passed net metering in 1983, is now the first state to adopt the new policy known as Value of Solar. This new policy is meant to make a transparent and market-based price for solar energy, but is it truly better than net metering for the solar-generating customer?Details
Harnessing the power of the ocean’s tides as an energy source Americans can use in their homes, businesses and schools is a compelling idea. After all, the United States has access to as much as 440 terawatt-hours per year in tidal power, enough to power 37 million homes. But can technology make it work efficiently…Details
Georgia ranked 4th in the nation in electric vehicle (EV) registrations last year. Government incentives had a lot to do with that, with buyers eligible for a $5,000 state tax credit on top of a $7,500 federal credit. Now the state legislature is considering eliminating the state credit. A second proposed legislative change would allow…Read More
Pennsylvania is the second-friendliest state for renewable energy according to the new state energy rankings from EnergyTrends.org.
Pennsylvania has seen strong growth in renewable energy, particularly for wind and hydroelectric energy.
Meanwhile, overall energy consumption was reduced, including in all four major sectors of the economy: Residential, Commercial, Industrial and Transportation.Read More
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently released a new study, “The Effectiveness of State-Level Policies on Solar Market Development in Different State Contexts”, highlighting ways that states currently encourage market development in the policies it implements and how effective those policies truly are to growth in solar energy.Read More
In EnergyTrends.org’s latest state rankings for electricity use, once again, the majority of states that used the most electricity per person in 2011 came from the southeast.
There are many factors that can affect a state’s electricity use: the type and size of industry and commercial enterprises along with the weather to name a few. For instance, if the year was particularly hot or cold can affect the amount of electricity used, since air conditioning is a big factor and some states rely on electricity for heating systems more than others.
Within the five states that used the most electricity, Wyoming had the heaviest footprint with Kentucky (2nd), North Dakota (3rd), Louisiana (4th) and Alabama (5th).Read More