The Energy Information Administration profiles energy production and consumption in each state. Some fast energy facts about South Dakota:
- South Dakota ranks 39th for energy production. We make 0.3% of America's energy. Minnesota produces twice that share and ranks 34th. North Dakota is up to 13th with 2.0%. Wyoming is second, with all that coal and oil making up 13.3% of our energy production. Texas is first at 16.2%
- South Dakota produces the largest amount of its energy in biofuels. We rank fifth in ethanol production. Our next biggest energy production sector is "other renewable energy," with our four big hydroelectric dams still producing more juice than our wind turbines.
- South Dakotans burn up more energy than most Americans. We rank eighth in energy consumption per person at 464 million Btu. That's the same as each South Dakotan burning about 84 barrels of oil each year. Minnesotans use 25% less energy per person; North Dakotans use 65% more (all that Bakken oil doesn't bubble up out of the Williston tundra on its own).
- Our electricity and natural gas prices are among the ten lowest in the nation, but because of our higher per-capita energy use, South Dakotans spend more on energy than most Americans. We spend $5,521 per person per year on energy, the ninth-highest per capita energy expenditure in the U.S. Minnesotans spend 18% less; North Dakotans spend 70% more.