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State Rankings by Total Renewable Energy Generation

NREL's State of the States 2009 analysis ranks the states according to the total in-state renewable energy generation for 2007. The dataset, taken from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), includes generation from biomass, hydroelectric, geothermal electricity, nondistributed solar, and wind. The EIA doesn't collect distributed solar data.

Top Ten States

Top ten state rankings include those by total renewable energy generation in megawatt hours (MWh), as a percent of total state electricity generation, and per capita and gross state product.

Renewable Energy by Megawatt-Hours Electricity Generated
Rank State MWh
1Washington82,559,749
2California52,173,008
3Oregon35,815,731
4New York28,027,638
5Texas11,932,049
6Montana9,971,057
7Idaho9,674,539
8Maine7,945,148
9Alabama7,936,734
10Arizona6,639,310
Renewable Energy Generated as Percentage of Total State Electricity Generation
Rank State % of Total
1Idaho84.2%
2Washington77.2%
3Oregon65.0%
4South Dakota50.0%
5Maine49.3%
6Montana34.5%
7California24.7%
8New York19.2%
9Alaska19.1%
10Vermont19.1%

Renewable Electricity Generation Per Capita
Rank State MWh/Capita
1Washington12.8
2Montana10.4
3Oregon9.6
4Idaho6.5
5Maine6.0
6South Dakota3.9
7North Dakota3.0
8Wyoming2.8
9Alaska1.9
10New Hampshire1.8
Renewable Electricity Generation Per Gross State Product
Rank State MWh/$M
1Montana291.1
2Washington265.2
3Oregon226.4
4Idaho189.1
5Maine165.2
6South Dakota90.4
7North Dakota70.0
8Arkansas51.0
9Alabama47.9
10Wyoming47.1