The renewable energy production of each US state: Part 3
This article is part three of five in a series where we’ll be looking at the renewable energy that is produced by each state in the U.S. We take a look at the percentage of green energy that has been generated by each state and provide some interesting data about the renewable energy that is produced there.
Massachusetts energy generation is made up of 42.72 percent renewable energy. This totals 42,103 billion BTUs which is 0.56 percent of total United States renewable energy production.
More than 27 percent of residents in Massachusetts use fuel oil to heat their homes. This is over five times higher than the national average which is only 5.3 percent.
In 2015, the state generated 64 percent of its electricity from natural gas and 7 percent from coal.
Total renewable energy produced (percent): 24.97
Renewable sources provide 24.97 percent of Michigan's energy production, totalling 140,769 billion BTUs. This is 1.87 percent of total United States renewable energy production.
Michigan had more underground natural gas storage than any other state in the United States in 2014. The state could hold almost 1.1 trillion cubic feet.
One of the United States top 100 natural gas fields is located in Michigan (The Antrim Gas Field). This gas field produced over 95 billion cubic feet of natural gas in 2014.
Households in Michigan use a lot more of their energy through space heating which is due to the cooler weather in Michigan. Space heating takes up 55 percent of energy use compared to the United States average which is much lower at 41 percent.
Renewable sources provide 66.47 percent of Minnesota's energy production, totalling 256,963 billion BTUs. This is 3.41 percent of the total United States renewable energy production.
In 2015, Minnesota ranked seventh in the United States for its wind generation. The state generated 9.8 million megawatt hours from wind in that year.
The largest oil refinery in Minnesota (The Pine Bend Refinery) is the biggest oil refinery situated in a non-oil-producing state.
11.7 percent of the energy that Mississippi produces is renewable. This totals 53,335 billion BTUs which is 0.71 percent of the total United States renewable energy production.
In 2015, Mississippi generated just over 2 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources, with wood and wood waste accounting for virtually all of the state's renewable electricity generation.
The 1,443 megawatt Grand Gulf Nuclear Station near Port Gibson alongside the Mississippi River generated 18 percent of the state’s electricity in 2015. It is the biggest single-unit nuclear power plant in the whole of the United States.
Renewable energy sources provide over 42 percent of Missouri's energy production. This totals 86,090 billion BTUs which is 1.14 percent of the total United States renewable energy production.
Renewable energy resources accounted for 3.7 percent of Missouri's net electricity generation in 2015.
The state of Missouri has one nuclear power plant named Callaway Nuclear Generating Station. This nuclear power plant generated 12.5 percent of the state's electricity generation in 2015.
There is a 1,679-mile-long natural gas pipeline in Missouri named The Rockies Express Pipeline. This pipeline stretches from Colorado to Ohio. The Rockies Express Pipeline West portion of the system passes near Kansas City, Missouri, before terminating in northeast Missouri where it interconnects with the REX East pipeline.
The total renewable energy generated by Montana totals 117,302 billion BTUs which is 1.56 percent of the total United States renewable energy production.
In 2014, wind energy generation in the state raised by 12 percent and provided 6.5 percent of Montana’s net electricity generation.
Competitive electricity suppliers and public utilities in Montana must obtain at least 15 percent of their electricity sales from renewable sources. This is called the Renewable Energy Resource Standard. It requires that electricity suppliers must buy a set amount of power from small community-based renewable energy projects.
Renewable sources provide 61.08 percent of Nebraska's total energy production. This equates to 179,916 billion BTUs which is 2.39 percent of the total United States renewable energy production.
More than 90 percent of Nebraska has suitable conditions for commercial-scale wind power generation according to The National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Nebraska has a very energy-intense industrial sector. This is led by chemical manufacturing and food processing and it ranks the state among the top ten in the U.S. based on energy consumption.
Even though almost 90 percent of the energy that Nevada uses comes from outside of the state, over 94 percent of the energy that the state produces is renewable. This totals 47,288 billion BTUs which is 0.63 percent of the total United States renewable energy production.
2014 saw that 63 percent of the state’s electricity came from natural gas production.
Also in 2014, Nevada was ranked number two in the United States for its utility-scale net electricity generation from geothermal energy. It also ranked third in utility-scale net generation from its solar energy production. Over 11 percent of the state’s electricity production in 2014 came from those two sources.
29. New Hampshire
Renewable energy sources provide 30.24 percent of New Hampshire's energy production. This totals over 39,969 billion BTUs which is 0.53 percent of the total United States renewable energy generation.
New Hampshire's renewable portfolio standard necessitates that 24.8 percent of electricity sold in the state must come from renewable energy sources by 2025. In 2015, out of the state’s net energy production, 17 percent came from renewable energy.
30. New Jersey
New Jersey’s renewable energy sources provide 5.89 percent of its total energy production. This equates to more than 22,487 billion BTUs which is 0.3 percent of the total United States renewable energy production.
As of 2015, New Jersey has (on average) the tenth highest electricity prices in the whole of the Unites States.
For the first time, ever in 2015, natural gas production generated more electricity in the state of New Jersey than nuclear power did. Also in 2015, solar power became the state’s largest source of renewable electricity.
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.