Commercial Building Electric Loads
- California has the second-highest total energy consumption of any state in the country.
- California is also the top producer of electricity from geothermal, solar, and biomass in the country, and the fourth highest producer of electricity from hydroelectric.
- Solar power provided 19% of California's total net energy generation in 2018.
- Commercial facilities account for 1,473 trillion Btu of energy consumption in California in 2017, 8.2% of the total for the U.S. That amounted to $22.5 billion in expenditure.
- The average price paid by commercial customers in California for energy is 17.10 cents/kWh, higher than the national average of 10.57 cents/kWh.
- The US Energy Information Administration's Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey provides a breakdown of commercial building energy use by facility and by region. For the Pacific region (including California, Oregon, and Washington), the breakdown is as follows. The number in parentheses is the US average for comparison. Figures are in trillion Btu:
- Space heating: 9 (85)
- Cooling: 62 (633)
- Ventilation: 95 (668)
- Water Heating: 3 (22)
- Lighting: 101 (724)
- Cooking: 13 (93)
- Refrigeration: 109 (670)
- Office Equipment: 27 (172)
- Computing: 71 (405)
- Other: 111 (769)
- The above data is from the 2012 survey, which was released in 2016 and is the most recent data available. The 2018 data is expected to be released by 2021.
- As of 2012, there were 5,234,000 commercial buildings in the US consuming a total of 12,934 trillion Btu, which averages out to 2.47 trillion Btu per building. In the Pacific region, 891,000 commercial buildings used 1,831 trillion Btu, averaging out to 2.05 trillion Btu, lower than the national average.