Comparison By US State: Renewable Energy % Of Electricity Production vs Average Electricity Price vs CO2 Emissions vs Air Pollution

Comparison By US State: Renewable Energy % Of Electricity Production vs Average Electricity Price vs CO2 Emissions vs Air Pollution

In this guide we compare, by each US State:

  • the renewable energy % of electricity production (what share renewables make up of electricity production)
  • average electricity price (retail price, in cents per kWh)
  • carbon intensity of electricity production (in grams of CO2 per kWh produced)
  • and, air pollution/air health (by the amount of small particulate matter in the air)

 

Summary – Why Compare These Stats For US States On Renewable Energy, Electricity Prices, CO2 Emissions, & Air Pollution?

  • Because people often want to know whether renewable energy % share of electricity production has an impact on electricity prices (whether it can help make them higher or lower)
  • Further to that, electricity production is one of the key sectors that is linked to CO2 emissions along with the transport sector (both use fossil fuels), but also other sectors
  • If renewable energy can be linked to higher electricity prices in a particular State, they may want a guarantee that at least these higher prices are contributing to lower CO2 emissions from electricity and also lower air pollution levels (so there is at least an environmental benefit being received for the higher prices being paid)
  • California is perhaps an example of a State that might want to ask questions about their electricity sector and how much value they are getting out of their renewable energy – they have one of the highest renewable energy % shares for electricity production, but higher than average electricity prices, and poor air quality in several parts of the State (although other sectors and activities are to blame for the air quality). Having said that, their CO2 emissions from electricity production are lower than average, which is a plus for addressing greenhouse gas emissions

NOTE: as mentioned above, it is not only the electricity sector that contributes to air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. The burning of fossil fuels and activity in other sectors such as transport, heating and cooling, agriculture, industrial, residential, and more can contribute to them.

 

Renewable Energy % Of Electricity Production vs Electricity Prices vs CO2 Emissions In Each US State

Below is a list of all US States. What the list shows is:

  • First Line – Renewable Energy % Of Electricity Production (including hydro) in 2017
  • Second Line – Average Electricity Price (US cents per kWh) in 2017
  • Third Line – Carbon Intensity Of Electricity (CO2 Emissions in grams per kWh) in 2016

The list is:

  • Vermont – 99.6%, 14.6 US cents, 2 grams of CO2
  • Idaho – 81.6%, 8.26 cents, 83 CO2
  • Washington – 80%, 7.94 cents, 83 CO2
  • Oregon – 76.3%, 8.81 cents, 130 CO2
  • Maine – 75.9%, 13.02 cents, 130 CO2
  • South Dakota – 73.1%, 10.05 cents, 226 CO2
  • California – 47.2%, 16.06 cents, 186 CO2
  • Montana – 45.1%, 8.92 cents, 578 CO2
  • Iowa – 38.8%, 8.73 cents, 454 CO2
  • Kansas – 36.2%, 10.60 cents, 521 CO2
  • Oklahoma – 36.1%, 8.20 cents, 449 CO2
  • Alaska – 33.3%, 19.10 cents, 444 CO2
  • North Dakota – 31.8%, 8.78 cents, 763 CO2
  • New York – 27.8%, 14.74 cents, 206 CO2
  • Minnesota – 24.9%, 10.27 cents, 445 CO2
  • Nevada – 24.8%, 8.76 cents, 349 CO2
  • Colorado – 23.4%, 9.99 cents, 649 CO2
  • New Hampshire – 19.9%, 16.17 cents, 124 CO2
  • Nebraska – 19.3%, 9.08 cents, 581 CO2
  • New Mexico – 17.7%, 9.59 cents, 699 CO2
  • Texas – 16.0%, 8.38 cents, 457 CO2
  • Hawaii – 14.2%, 26.05 cents, 667 CO2
  • Arizona – 11.8%, 10.64 cents, 408 CO2
  • Utah – 11.6%, 8.60 cents, 722 CO2
  • Wyoming – 11.6%, 8.28 cents, 867 CO2
  • Tennessee – 11.2%, 9.45 cents, 453 CO2
  • Massachusetts – 10.5%, 17.12 cents, 334 CO2
  • North Carolina – 10.3%, 9.04 cents, 388 CO2
  • Maryland – 9.8%, 11.98 cents, 462 CO2
  • Wisconsin – 9.3%, 10.76 cents, 592 CO2
  • Alabama – 9.2%, 9.83 cents, 388 CO2
  • Arkansas – 8.8%, 8.26 cents, 500 CO2
  • Michigan – 8.3%, 11.28 cents, 492 CO2
  • Georgia – 7.9%, 9.83 cents, 431 CO2
  • Rhode Island – 7.2%, 16.42 cents, 394 CO2
  • Kentucky – 6.9%, 8.57 cents, 904 CO2
  • Illinois – 6.6%, 9.49 cents, 355 CO2
  • Virginia – 6.4%, 9.18 cents, 363 CO2
  • Indiana – 6.0%, 9.77 cents, 822 CO2
  • South Carolina – 5.9%, 9.97 cents, 284 CO2
  • West Virginia – 4.60%, 9.00 cents, 906 CO2
  • Pennsylvania – 4.35%, 10.13 cents, 382 CO2
  • Missouri – 4.24%, 10.03 cents, 785 CO2
  • Louisiana – 4.15%, 7.79 cents, 336 CO2
  • Connecticut – 3.46%, 17.55 cents, 192 CO2
  • New Jersey – 2.89%, 13.32 cents, 254 CO2
  • Mississippi – 2.6%, 9.09 cents, 412 CO2
  • Florida – 2.53%, 10.92 cents, 444 CO2
  • Ohio – 2.48%, 9.84 cents, 678 CO2
  • Delaware – 1.68%, 10.91 cents, 414 CO2

– wikipedia.org, and eia.gov

 

Air Pollution By US State

Note: Air pollution can be measured by different air pollutants, like particulate matter, ozone, nitrogen dioxide, and so on. So, it’s best to check what the air quality or air pollution rating is tracking.

The following list is for particulate matter only … 

In 2018, from healthiest State to least healthy state for Air Pollution, in terms of Average exposure of the general public to particulate matter of 2.5 microns (PM2.5) or less in size (3-year average):

  • North Dakota
  • New Hampshire
  • Wyoming
  • Vermont
  • South Dakota
  • Hawaii
  • New Mexico
  • Massachusetts
  • Maine
  • Colorado
  • Idaho 
  • Montana
  • Wisconsin
  • Kansas
  • New York
  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • Minnesota
  • Nebraska 
  • Iowa
  • Virginia
  • Alaska
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina 
  • Mississippi
  • Rhode Island 
  • Connecticut 
  • Oregon
  • Tennessee
  • West Virginia
  • Missouri 
  • Oklahoma
  • Louisiana
  • Washington 
  • Kentucky 
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • New Jersey
  • Utah 
  • Alabama
  • Delaware
  • Georgia
  • Texas
  • Indiana
  • Nevada
  • Ohio
  • Illinois
  • Arizona
  • Pennsylvania 
  • California

See the full list at https://www.americashealthrankings.org/explore/annual/measure/air/state/ALL

 

Other resources on the most and least polluted States and cities in the US are:

  • https://www.lung.org/our-initiatives/healthy-air/sota/city-rankings/most-polluted-cities.html
  • https://www.lung.org/our-initiatives/healthy-air/sota/city-rankings/cleanest-cities.html
  • https://qz.com/1604654/the-us-cities-with-the-worst-air-pollution-are-in-california/
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_pollution_in_the_United_States

 

Sources

1. https://www.americashealthrankings.org/explore/annual/measure/air/state/ALL

2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_pollution_in_the_United_States

3. https://www.lung.org/our-initiatives/healthy-air/sota/city-rankings/most-polluted-cities.html

4. https://www.lung.org/our-initiatives/healthy-air/sota/city-rankings/cleanest-cities.html

5. https://qz.com/1604654/the-us-cities-with-the-worst-air-pollution-are-in-california/

6. https://www.eia.gov/electricity/state/

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