Critical Energy Needs

Energy is the critical link to everything we take for granted. For example, 99 percent of U.S. households own a TV and refrigerator, and on average every household owns 25 consumer electronic products. Nearly every Minnesota household has a furnace or boiler and every industry and business is dependent on safe, reliable and affordable natural gas and electric power.

Minnesota’s total energy usage per capita is 349 million BTU compared to the U.S. per capita usage of 368 million BTU.

Total Energy Consumption per Capita 1980 to 2011 (Million BTU)

Electricity Consumption

Minnesota’s electricity consumption has doubled from 1980 to 2011 according to the Department of Energy (DOE) U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Consumption plateaued at nearly 68,000 million kWh in 2007, remaining relatively flat because of conservation efforts and slower U.S. economic growth during that time.

Natural Gas Consumption

The industrial sector is the largest natural gas consumer followed by residential users. The state’s cold weather drives its use higher than the national average in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors.

Source: American Gas Association – Annual Natural Gas Industry Facts (2012 Data)

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