Monthly Archives: December 2013

New York Energy Consumption


  • In 2011, New York was the eighth largest energy consumer among the 50 states, but, due in part to its widely used mass transportation systems, it had the second lowest energy consumption per capita after Rhode Island.
  • The Marcellus shale, which underlies southwestern New York and extends southward through Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio, is estimated to hold at least 141 trillion cubic feet in technically recoverable natural gas.
  • The 2,353-megawatt Robert Moses Niagara hydroelectric power plant is the fourth largest hydroelectric power plant in the United States and, in 2013, New York produced more hydroelectric power than any other state east of the Rocky Mountains.
  • New York’s Renewable Portfolio Standard requires that 30% of electricity come from renewable energy resources by 2015; in 2013, 23% of the state’s electricity generation came from renewable energy resources.
  • In 2013, New York had the fourth highest average electricity prices in the United States.
  • More than half of New York households (53 percent) use individual window or wall air conditioning units, while only 20 percent have a central air conditioning system, according to EIA’s Residential Energy Consumption Survey.