The renewable energy production of each US state: Part 1
This article is part one of five in a series where we will be looking into the renewable energy production of each of the states in the U.S. We take a look at the percentage of green energy produced by each state and give some interesting facts and figures about the renewable energy that is produced there.
Total renewable energy produced (percent): 16.15
Renewable sources provide 16.15 percent of Alabama's energy production, totalling 263,727 billion BTUs. This is 3.5 percent of total U.S. renewable energy production.
In 2015, Alabama ranked eighth in net electricity generation from renewable energy resources, including hydroelectric power. In 2015, conventional hydroelectric power supplied 75 percent of Alabama's generation from renewable resources.
Alabama has the third-biggest timberland acreage amongst the lower 48 states. In 2015, Alabama ranked fifth (in the United States) in electricity generation from biomass. Most of it was from wood and wood waste from the state’s substantial forest products industry.
Total renewable energy produced (percent): 0.77
Renewable sources provide 0.77 percent of Alaska's energy production, totalling 14,316 billion BTUs. This is 0.19 percent of total U.S. renewable energy
In 2015, Wind power provided nearly three quarters of Alaska's electricity from non-hydroelectric renewable sources.
Alaska was one of only eight states generating electricity from geothermal energy in 2015.
Total renewable energy produced (percent): 15.51
Renewable sources provide 15.51 percent of Arizona's energy production, which totals 88,571 billion BTUs. This is 1.18 percent of the total United States renewable energy production.
In 2014, the state placed second in the United States in utility-scale electricity generation from solar.
Arizona is the 15th most populous state in the U.S. It ranked 44th in per capita energy consumption in 2013, partly because of the state’s small industrial sector.
Arizona's Renewable Environmental Standard needs 15 percent of the state’s electricity consumed in 2025 to come from renewable energy resources.
12.01 percent of the energy that Arkansas produces is renewable.
Renewable sources provide 12.01 percent of Arkansas's energy production, this totals over 120,541 billion BTUs. This equals 1.6 percent of the total United States renewable energy production.
In 2014, Arkansas’s natural gas production accounted for 4.1 percent of the total United States marketed production.
Coal-fired electric power plants in Arkansas provided over half (54 percent) of the state's electricity in 2014.
Total renewable energy produced (percent): 24.38
Renewable energy production provides over 24 percent of California's total energy production. This totals 635,062 billion BTUs. This is 8.43 percent of total United States renewable energy production.
Total renewable energy produced (percent): 3.11
Renewable sources provide 3.11 percent of Colorado's energy production, totalling 77,156 billion BTUs. This is 1.02 percent of total U.S. renewable energy production.
60 percent of the electricity that was generated in Colorado in 2014 came from coal, 22 percent came from natural gas and 18 percent came from renewable energy resources.
Total renewable energy produced (percent): 13.02
Renewable sources provide 13.02 percent of Connecticut's energy production, totalling 26,087 billion BTUs. This is 0.35 percent of total U.S. renewable energy production.
In 2014, over one third of households in Connecticut used natural gas to heat their homes.
By 2020, Connecticut wants to obtain 23 percent of the state's electricity from renewable energy. As well as another 4 percent from conservation and energy from industrial heat.
100 percent of the energy that Delaware produces is renewable. This is mostly down to its Biomass production as this industry creates over 80 percent of the state's total renewable energy production.
Total renewable energy produced (percent): 40.99
Renewable sources provide over 40 percent of Florida's total energy production. This equates to over 214,555 billion BTUs which is 2.85 percent of the total United States renewable energy production.
Electricity is 90 percent of the energy consumed by Florida households. Florida households (on average) spend $1,900 per year on their electricity bills; this is 40 percent higher than the U.S. average, according to EIA's Residential Energy Consumption Survey.
Total renewable energy produced (percent): 36.36
Renewable sources provide over 36 percent of Georgia's energy production. This totals 189,321 billion BTUs, which is 2.51 percent of total U.S. renewable energy production.
Georgia is a largely forested state and has been a leading state in the production of wood products. In 2015, Georgia placed 3rd in the United States in net electricity generation from biomass.
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.