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  • Delaware produces less energy than any other state, and although it is the nation's third-lowest energy consumer, in 2019 Delaware used almost 75 times more energy than it produced. 
  • In 2020, natural gas fueled 92% of Delaware's in-state utility-scale electricity generation, up from 51% in 2010, while the state's coal-fired generation fell from 46% to 2% during the same period.
  • About 42% of Delaware households rely on natural gas for home heating, 35% use electricity, about 10% use fuel oil or kerosene, and 10% use propane.
  • Delaware's renewable portfolio standard requires that renewable energy sources generate 40% of electricity retail sales in the state by 2035, with at least 10% coming from solar energy.
  • In 2019 and 2020, Delaware’s industrial sector was the state's largest natural gas-consuming sector, surpassing the electric power sector, which had been the largest for most of the past decade.

Last Updated: October 21, 2021

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