What is the Energy Mix Where You Live?

Nationally, things are not all that different from what you might expect. Looking at this graph from the U.S. Energy Information Administration showing data for 2011, you can see that oil is the single greatest source of energy accounting for 36%; and that electric power is the largest consumer of that energy…

The information in this graphic shows energy production and consumption in the U.S. in 2011 and the units are Quadrillion BTU. A Quadrillion is a 1 followed by 24 zeros. So, for example, we produced 19,700,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 BTU from coal in the U.S. in 2011. A BTU is a British Thermal Unit and equals the amount of energy needed to raise the temperature of one pound of water by one degree.

But what is going on where you live, in your state? Energy use can vary greatly from state to state. Look at this pie chart showing the fuel mix in Washington State; the primary energy source is water. You can find out about what is going on where you live by clicking on your state on the map found at this link:


 2011 Fuel Mix Data for the State of Washington from the state’s Department of Commerce