Have you ever wondered how much energy your state produces, consumes, and expends? The U.S. Energy Information Administration has created a series of state level maps detailing these facts.
Here are some quick facts:
- Colorado's vast fossil fuel resources include the Niobrara Shale, with resource estimates running as high as 2 billion barrels of oil.
- From 2007 to 2013, crude oil production in Colorado rose 146%; marketed natural gas production rose 38% between 2007 and 2012.
- In 2013, 64% of the electricity generated in Colorado came from coal, 20% from natural gas, and 17% from renewable energy resources.
- Colorado's Renewable Energy Standard requires investor-owned electric utilities to provide 30% of their generation from renewable energy resources by 2020, with 3% coming from distributed generation.
- Colorado’s grid-connected photovoltaic capacity of 300 megawatts was the fifth largest in the United States in 2012. From 2012 to 2013, net electricity generation from solar increased 20%.
- Average household energy costs in Colorado ($1,551 per year) are 23 percent less than the national average, primarily due to historically lower natural gas prices in the state, according to EIA's Residential Energy Consumption Survey.
- In 2013, Kansas ranked 10th in crude oil production among the 50 states, excluding the federal offshore areas.
- The Hugoton Gas Area, which contains one of the top-producing natural gas fields in the United States, is located in southwestern Kansas, as well as in parts of the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles.
- The Mid-Continent Center, located in south central Kansas, is a key natural gas supply hub that takes production from several states in the region and pipes it east to major consumption markets.
- Electric utilities in Kansas provided 82% of the state's net electricity generation in 2013; 61% of net electricity generation came from coal-fired electric power plants.
- In 2013, 19% of net electricity generation in Kansas came from wind energy.
- Excluding federal offshore areas, Oklahoma ranked fifth in crude oil production in the nation in 2013.
- Oklahoma had five operating petroleum refineries with a combined daily capacity of over 500,000 barrels per day (3% of the total U.S. operating distillation capacity) as of January 2014.
- Oklahoma is one of the top natural gas-producing states in the nation, accounting for 7.1% of U.S. gross production and 8.4% of marketed production in 2013.
- Cushing, Oklahoma is where West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures prices are settled for the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX).
- In 2013, Oklahoma ranked fourth in net electricity generation from wind, which provided almost 15% of the state's net generation.
- Texas was the leading crude oil-producing state in the nation in 2013 and exceeded production levels even from the federal offshore areas.
- As of January 2014, the 27 petroleum refineries in Texas had a capacity of over 5.1 million barrels of crude oil per day and accounted for 29% of total U.S. refining capacity.
- Texas accounted for about 29% of U.S. marketed natural gas production in 2013, making it the leading natural gas producer among the states.
- Texas leads the nation in wind-powered generation capacity with over 12,000 megawatts; in 2013 Texas generated almost 36 million megawatthours of electricity from wind energy.
- West Texas Intermediate (WTI), a grade of crude oil produced in Texas and southern Oklahoma, is traded in the domestic spot market at Cushing, Oklahoma, where it serves as a benchmark for oil pricing.
- The average annual electricity cost per Texas household is $1,801, among the highest in the nation; the cost is similar to other warm weather states like Florida, according to EIA's Residential Energy Consumption Survey.
Here’s a link to the U.S. Energy Information Administration to learn more about your state.