California ranks among most energy-efficient states

May 19, 2016

It's no secret California is one of the nation's leaders in energy efficiency. From energy-saving legislation to green product innovation, we pride ourselves on setting a high standard. With the largest population and most active economy in the country, it's also not a surprise our energy needs are equally impressive. That being said, a new report revealed that California handles this demand well, ranking among the most efficient states in the nation. 

The report, authored by environmental advocates Next 10, compares state energy production, consumption and spending. While California leads the United States in total energy consumption, the report found, it's not the country's biggest spender on energy. And, relative to its population, The Golden State's expenditure and consumption stand out as exceptionally low. 

"The Golden State's per capita energy spending and consumption are exceptionally low. "

Next 10 suggests our low consumption per capita is due in part to relatively high energy prices, which serve to temper demand. While California's energy prices sat above the national average by more than 3 cents per kWh in 2013, the average cost of energy in Texas and Louisiana were significantly lower than the mean, according to the report. Both of those states ranked among the top five in energy consumption per capita, while California ranked among the bottom five, Next 10 found. 

Even with these high rates, Californians' energy bills are consistently among the lowest in the nation. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, California residents spend $20 less on their energy bills every month than the rest of the United States, and as much as $40 less than Texans. Since 2006, reported the NRDC, Californians have saved a total of $12 billion on their energy bills thanks in part to the state's energy efficiency programs, a figure that continues to climb with every billing cycle.  

At the Benningfield Group, we work with utilities programs, building designers and policymakers to help bring our state closer to its energy goals. To learn more about how we might be able to work together, contact us today.