Large states with small populations use more energy for transportation
August 31, 2020
People in geographically large states with small populations, such as Alaska, North Dakota or Wyoming, used twice as much energy for transportation than the U.S. average, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Meanwhile, people in states with higher population density, such as Rhode Island or New York, used less transportation energy.
The EIA recently released the State Energy Data System and estimated annual energy consumption by state, source and sector using EIA surveys and third-party data sources. The EIA converts the data to common energy units for comparison among energy sources and sectors. In 2018, energy consumption for transportation in the United States was an average of 87 million British thermal units per person.
Transportation sector consumption includes all energy used by vehicles, trains, aircraft and ships. Vehicles used for construction, farming and in warehouses are included in the commercial or industrial sectors.
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