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  • Delaware is the smallest energy-producing state, consuming almost 100 times more energy than it produces, and the state’s total energy consumption is the third lowest in the nation mainly because of its small population.
  • In 2019, Delaware generated 87% of its electricity from natural gas, up from 28% a decade earlier, while the state's coal-fired generation fell from 59% to about 4% during the same period.
  • About 43% of Delaware households rely on natural gas for home heating, 33% use electric heat, about 11% use fuel oil, and nearly 10% use propane.
  • Delaware's renewable portfolio standard requires that 25% of electricity retail sales in the state be generated from renewable energy sources, with at least 3.5% coming from solar energy by 2025.
  • In 2019, Delaware's industrial sector surpassed the electric power for the first time since 2010 as the state's largest natural gas-consuming sector.

Last Updated: September 17, 2020

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