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  • Although the District of Columbia consumes almost 100 times more energy than it produces, the District consumes less energy than any state except Vermont.
  • 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 2019, almost half of the electricity generated in the District of Columbia came from small-scale solar photovoltaic panels located on homes and commercial buildings throughout the city. 
  • The District has more electric vehicle charging stations than it does motor gasoline stations, and the city's per capita gasoline expenditures are lower than those of any state.
  • In 2020, Washington, DC ranked second among cities after Los Angeles with the most Energy Star-certified buildings for energy efficiency, which includes the U.S. Department of Energy's headquarters building.

Last Updated: October 15, 2020

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