REPORT: These states export the most energy | The Numbers Racket

By: - April 19, 2021 7:16 am

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Changes in energy production over the last two decades have seen some states rise as big energy producers while others have fallen as innovations and changes come to the industry. 

A report from, a commodity trading and investment company, shows just how much energy production has changed across the country and which states now dominate the sector. 

Here’s what the report found: 

Note: Btu, or British Thermal Unit is a unit of measuring heat. It is defined as the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit.

National Findings

  • Net energy exports per capita (million Btu): 2.7
  • Total energy production per capita (million Btu): 307.8
  • Total energy consumption per capita (million Btu): 305.2
  • Net energy exports (trillion Btu): 873.0
  • Total energy production (trillion Btu): 101,038.0
  • Total energy consumption (trillion Btu): 100,165.0

The Top 10 states that Export the Most Energy Per Capita

  • Wyoming, 12,368.3 million Btu
  • North Dakota, 4,677.5 million Btu
  • West Virginia, 2,200.0 million Btu
  • New Mexico, 1,301.0 million Btu
  • Alaska, 1,099.3 million Btu
  • Oklahoma, 800.4 million Btu
  • Montana, 522.5 million Btu
  • Pennsylvania, 392.5 million Btu
  • Colorado, 370.0 million Btu
  • Texas, 206.2 million Btu

Pennsylvania Statistics

The report found that Pennsylvania ranked 8th largest net energy exporter per capita among states. 

  • Net energy exports per capita (million Btu): 392.5
  • Total energy production per capita (million Btu): 702.0
  • Total energy consumption per capita (million Btu): 309.5
  • Net energy exports (trillion Btu): 5,024.8
  • Total energy production (trillion Btu): 8,987.0
  • Total energy consumption (trillion Btu): 3,962.2


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Cassie Miller
Cassie Miller

A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller worked for various publications across the Midstate before joining the team at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In her previous roles, she has covered everything from local sports to the financial services industry.