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May 13, 2013

EIA releases analysis of state-level energy-related carbon dioxide emissions

Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions vary significantly across states. An analysis of state-level emissions data from 2000 through 2010 released today by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows that the overall size of a state, as well as the available fuels, types of businesses, climate, and population density, play a role in both total and per capita emissions. For example, some states are located near abundant hydroelectric supplies, while others contain abundant coal resources. The term "energy-related carbon dioxide emissions" as used in the analysis, includes emissions released at the location where fossil fuels are used, not where they are produced.

Between 2000 and 2010, carbon dioxide emissions fell in 32 states and rose in 18 states. However, from 2009 to 2010, only 14 states saw a decrease in emissions, as the United States was rebounding from the recession and energy consumption increased in most states, along with emissions.

The complete analysis, State-Level Energy-Related Carbon Dioxide Emissions, 2000-2010, can be found at:

EIA also publishes monthly estimates of nationwide carbon dioxide emissions from the consumption of energy at:

Short-term projections of nationwide energy-related carbon dioxide emissions can be found at:

Projections of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions to 2040 can be found at:

The product described in this press release was prepared by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the statistical and analytical agency within the U.S. Department of Energy. By law, EIA's data, analyses, and forecasts are independent of approval by any other officer or employee of the United States Government. The views in the product and press release therefore should not be construed as representing those of the Department of Energy or other federal agencies.

EIA Program Contacts: Perry Lindstrom, 202-586-0934, perry.lindstrom@eia.gov; Paul Holtberg, 202-586-1284, paul.holtberg@eia.gov

EIA Press Contact: Jonathan Cogan, 202-586-8719, jonathan.cogan@eia.gov