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  • The commercial sector accounts for 59% of total energy consumption in the District of Columbia, a higher share for that sector than in any state.
  • In 2019, the District increased its Renewable Portfolio Standard to require that 100% of the city's electricity come from renewable sources by 2032, including at least 5.5% from solar energy.
  • In 2021, solar energy generated 46% of the electricity within the District, natural gas accounted for 38%, and biomass provided 16% of the city's generation.
  • The District has almost three times more public electric vehicle charging stations, about 250 in total, than it does motor gasoline stations, and the city's per capita gasoline expenditures are lower than those of any state.
  • The District's total electricity consumption in 2021 was the second-lowest since 1992, as many of the city's office buildings scaled back operations during the COVID-19 pandemic and employees worked from home.

Last Updated: December 15, 2022

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