New York ranks as the fourth-largest consumer of energy among U.S. states and the second-most efficient energy consumer, the New York State Energy Research Development Authority states in a report released Tuesday.
New York’s energy use dropped by 1.6 percent from 2007 to 2008, the last full year for which data is available, the report states. Use of in-state renewable resources such as hydropower, wind, solar and biomass increased as a percentage of energy consumption.
“In the years ahead, we will need to maximize the potential of our renewable resources while continuing to increase our energy efficiency, diversify the state’s energy mix and support the growth of a clean energy economy,” NYSERDA president and CEO Francis Murray said in a statement.
New York’s consumption of natural gas decreased by 1 percent, and consumption of petroleum and coal each decreased by 7 percent, the report states. The use of hydropower increased by 7 percent and the use of nuclear power increased by 2 percent.
The total energy bill for state consumers was up 10 percent in 2008 compared with 2007, the report states.
Petroleum represents 37 percent of energy consumption among New Yorkers, compared with a national trend of 33 percent, the report states. Coal represents 6 percent in New York, compared with 25 percent nationally.
The state’s dependence on imported petroleum was at 91 percent, compared with the U.S. average of 68 percent, the report states.
The full report is available at www.nyserda.org.
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