The Energy and Environment Marketing Agency found in a recent survey that the vast majority of people do not know that they have a choice of electricity providers. Not every state offers choices – currently 13 states do. In 2011, 13.3 million US households purchased electric power from a competing alternative provider. One company, Power 2 Switch, is offering quick solutions for those looking to save money on their electric bills or change providers. Currently, the website is only for use in Illinois,Texas, and New Jersey but it plans on expanding to other states hopefully soon.Read More
One of the most significant recent trends in American energy use is the shift away from coal for electricity generation, and toward natural gas. But this trend is not uniform across all states.
Below are the top 10 states with the highest kilowatt of electricity generated from coal per person in 2010:Read More
Below are just a few highlights from our research on energytrends.org of several states that decreased their energy consumption from 2003 to 2010 in various categories with some significant reductions and others only slightly as well as a few highlights in advances of electricity generation:
- Rhode Island: Rhode Island consumes the least amount of energy nationwide per person as of 2010. Most of the state’s energy consumption is from the residential and transportation end use sectors. However, the residential end use sector has decreased by 21 percent since 2003 while transportation has stayed relatively the same, with only a two percent increase since 2003. Electricity
The average reader would probably not consider Wyoming to be a model state for solar generation capabilities. One typically thinks of sunny, hot states as being the ideal spot for solar generation but take a look at this video produced by the University of Wyoming making the case for increased residential solar generation in Wyoming. As stated in the video, Wyoming has generally sunny skies with a relatively cool climate year round. Solar panels perform remarkably well in these conditions which makes Wyoming an ideal place for residential solar panels. Currently, Wyoming offers a 50 percent residential rebate, up to a maximum of $3,000 and also exempts sales tax from solar power equipment. It also mandates that a net metering program be available to customers of investor-owned or electric cooperative utilities.Read More
According to our research on energytrends.org, solar energy generation increased between 2007-2010 in a handful of states – most notably in Nevada, California, New Mexico, and Florida. It increased only slightly in terms of its footprint on the overall generation picture, but in several states solar generation doubled and even quadrupled from 2007 to 2010. Nevada, for instance, saw an increase in solar generation of 400 percent per person in this three-year period. In fact, Nevada currently has the most installed solar energy watts per person in the nation. This can be explained, at least to some extent, because many of Nevada’s solar incentive programs are geared towards industrial projects rather than residential projects. This is expected partly because Nevada has a seriously aggressive renewable portfolio standard compared to many other statesRead More