• California’s electricity consumption per capita (6.33 megawatt-hours) was significantly lower than other large states in 2020 and ranked just behind Hawaii (6.05 MWh/person)—the lowest consumer of energy in per-capita terms. In addition, California’s electricity consumption per capita has fallen 8.6 percent between 2010 and 2020. In fact, this decreasing trend was experienced across all end-use sectors except for residential (+2.7%). Meanwhile, per capita electricity consumption increased 2.9 percent in Texas during the same period. California’s sustained decline in energy 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.182,183

182 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

183 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