EIA releases state energy profiles

Staff report


Ohio ranked 12th in the U.S. for its total energy production in 2015, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Ohio produced a total of 2,077 trillion British thermal units (Btu) of energy.

Texas produced the most with 18,130 trillion Btu. Pennsylvania came in third with 7,461 trillion Btu.

Natural gas was the form of energy most used by Ohioans in 2015 followed by coal and motor gasoline.

The industrial sector used the most energy at 32.2 percent, transportation followed with 25 percent, residential with 23.8 percent and commercial with 19 percent.

Ohio produced natural gas more than any other source of energy. Coal, nuclear electric power, crude oil, other renewable energy and biofuels followed in that order.

Ohio’s profile by the EIA also included quick facts about the state’s energy: The Utica Shale play contributed to the rapid increase in natural-gas production, which was almost 19 times greater in 2016 than 2011.

Ohio is the eighth-largest ethanol-producing state in the nation, and its ethanol plants produce more than 550 million gallons of ethanol per year. Ohio had the seventh-largest crude oil-refining capacity in the nation in 2016. Coal fueled 58 percent of Ohio’s net electricity generation in 2015, natural gas fueled 24 percent, nuclear energy accounted for another 14 percent, and wind provides the largest share of Ohio’s electricity generation from renewable resources.

Net generation from wind has increased substantially since construction of Ohio’s first utility-scale wind farm was completed in Bowling Green in 2004.

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