For 55 Straight Years, Texas Has Consumed More Energy Than Any Other State

Aug 6, 2017

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Texas isn’t the largest or most populous state, but the Lone Star State consumes more energy than any other state, Texas Monthly reports.

According to numbers from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Texas sucks up 13 percent of the energy consumed in the entire United States. This isn’t a new trend, either. Texas has been the top energy consumer for 55 straight years.

By comparison, California, which has 12 million more people, uses only 60 percent of the energy Texas does. Amazingly, Texas uses 100 times as much power as Vermont.

However, the news isn’t all bad. Most of the energy consumed is industrial, and Texas is in the bottom ten states for per capita residential consumption. Texas is also by far the largest producer of wind energy, with the state deriving almost 23 percent of its power from wind farms.