• California’s electricity consumption per capita (6.34 megawatt-hours) was significantly lower than any of the other large states in the nation in 2019, and the state recently overtook Hawaii (6.68 MWh/person; not shown here) as the state with the lowest per capita electricity consumption. In addition, California’s electricity consumption per capita has fallen 9.8 percent between 2009 and 2019, while New York’s per capita consumption has risen slightly (+4.4%). Meanwhile, per capita electricity consumption increased 6.3 percent in Texas and remained unchanged for U.S. without California (-0.2%) during the same period. California’s sustained decline in electricity consumption per capita is a reflection of the state’s extensive efforts to increase energy efficiency and implement alternative technologies that have slowed growth in energy demand.108,109

108 Energy Information Administration. California State Profile and Energy Estimates. February 18, 2021. Access June 12, 2021. Retrieved from: https://www.eia.gov/state/analysis.php?sid=CA#8

109 California Energy Commission. California Energy Commission – Tracking Progress. November 2018. Accessed August 12, 2020. Retrieved from: https://www.energy.ca.gov/sites/default/files/2019-12/statewide_energy_demand_ada.pdf