Energy map of US consumption by area
Posted 21 August 2006 - 10:55 AM
If no one knows of a map, does anyone know what kind of data source might provide this information?
Speaking in terms of applications, wouldn't it make sense if, for example, it showed that the 10 largest cities in the USA accounted for 25% of total national energy usage... then shouldn't we implement very specific energy mitigation strategies that would apply to urban life, rather than some sort of national program? Or if it found that, for instance, the Northeast consumed 33% of total national energy usage. I really have no idea, just some guesses to illustrate my point.
Posted 21 August 2006 - 03:23 PM
Second, unless you control for climate, coastal California will look really good.
Once past that, I think you'll find highest per capita energy use in exurban areas, which have both large single-family homes to heat and cool AND drive long distances for all trips. The question of whether we highrise dwellers use more energy per capita than residents of ordinary suburban neighborhoods is not easy to answer because so many of the energy is consumed as "externalities," such as running subway trains or apartment building heating that's included in rent/assessments on one side, or more energy used by postal carriers or garbage trucks in the suburbs.
Posted 21 August 2006 - 10:03 PM
I found the data nationally!
Posted 22 August 2006 - 07:06 AM
Did you see the per capita listing?
Per Capita Energy Use by State
Top 5: Alaska, Wyoming, Louisiana, North Dakota, Texas
Bottom 5: Rhode Island, New York, California, Hawaii, Massachusetts
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