Direct Stationary Fuel Usage Direct stationary fuel usage refers to energy used in buildings and facilities throughout the region, primarily for heating. The energy is generally provided by fuel oil (or kerosene), natural gas, coal, wood, or bottled gas (i.e., propane or liquid natural gas). Regional use of these fuels have been estimated for the GHG Inventory using 2010 state-wide fuel use data from the EIA State Energy Data System and allocated to each county in the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors using different allocation methods, chosen to best represent energy usage at the regional level throughout the state (USEIA 2012). Forty-two million MMBTUs are consumed per year in stationary sources in the region. Figure 3-2 (on following page) provides the percentage of this total, broken down by energy type. While natural gas provides nearly a third of the heating energy consumed in the region, its supply is limited to parts of Clinton, Essex, Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties. Fuel oil is the primary source of heating fuel in the North Country and is often supplemented by the use of wood and electricity. Figure 3-3 (on following page) provides a breakdown of household fuel use, by type, in the region.
North Country Region Sustainability Plan