published Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Big Five: States with highest electricity use as share of economy

The states with the highest electricity consumption per dollar of economic output are clustered in the Tennessee Valley, where relatively cheap power rates for electricity have brought more electricity-intensive industry.

• 1. Kentucky, 0541 kwh per dollar of state GDP

• 2. Mississippi, 0.503 kwh per dollar of state GDP

• 3. Alabama, 0.496 kwh per dollar of state GDP

• 4. West Virginia, 0.468 kwh per dollar of state GDP

• 5. South Carolina, 0.467 kwh per dollar of state GDP

Tennessee ranked 11th highest with 0.368 kwh per dollar of state GDP and Georgia ranked 16th with 0.32 kwh per dollar of state GDP.

Source: “Greenhouse Gas Policy Implications for Kentucky,” White Paper prepared by the Kentucky Department of Energy and Environment based upon 2012 usage.

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