State Residential Energy Consumption Shares 1996
- Residential customers in the Northeast are more heavily dependent on heating oil than are residential consumers in the rest of the country.
- Rhode Island is no exception. In 1996, which is shown here because the weather was more typical than the warm weather of 1997, heating oil comprised about 38% of the energy used in the residential sector -- similar to other states in the Northeast.
- Natural gas serves 37% of the residential market, and electricity meets about 16% of the state’s residential needs. Wood is also significant in the Northeast, representing about 7% of residential energy consumed.