Pennsylvania is the Second-Friendliest State for Renewable Energy

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.

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Southeast States Use the Most Electricity, Mostly

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).

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What About Renewable Energy in California?

California has been widely regarded as a leader in renewable energy initiatives for some time. It is the leader in total solar energy generation and one of the top three states for total wind energy generation. However, with the largest population in the country (over 38 million), California falls far short of being a leader when its renewable energy portfolio is taken on a per person basis.

Because EnergyTrends.org is focused on building a better understanding of the energy we use, it has been our commitment to discuss energy on a per-person basis. It can be a game changer when states are viewed through this lens. In fact, California may be the leader in total solar energy generation and a top producer of wind energy, but when taken on a per person basis California ranks 3rd for solar generation and only 22nd for wind energy.

California’s most recent renewable energy grade of a B placed it third in the country overall with a total point value of 68. It scored well in incremental electric savings, state incentives and expert evaluations, but was in the lower half of states in renewable energy growth (30th) and renewable energy generation (36th).

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Vermont is Leading the Pack

EnergyTrends.org’s latest renewable energy trends grades are in and Vermont has earned the highest state score for the first time. Vermont has been a consistent leader over the last several years, but with gains in cost-effective energy efficiency programs and policies, it has surpassed the previous year’s leader, California.

Even as the nation’s leader in renewable energy polices and use, Vermont was still only assigned a grade of B+, an indication that all states still have much room for improvement where renewables are concerned.

EnergyTrends.org’s renewable energy grades are based on the following factors: renewable energy generation, growth in renewable energy generation, incremental electric savings, major state incentive programs, and third-party expert evaluations all for a possible value of 90 points. Moreover, each state can earn a maximum of 20 bonus points from: government sector renewable use, electric vehicles, net metering, grid connected installations (including storage), renewable friendly smart grid initiatives, and renewables incentives.

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