Energy Goal 3: reduce energy use through consumer decision-making and behavioral changes
Baseline assessment The average annual per capita energy consumption across the North Country region is 215 MMBTUs. This is higher than the New York State average of 192 MMBTUs for 2010, most likely because of the high average transportation energy needs in the region (NYSERDA 2012). The mix of energy uses in the region is reflected in the consumption patterns shown on figure 3-4 (on following page). In the United States, the major users of energy are buildings (40%), industry (32%), and transportation (28%) (ACEEE 2012), and the national average per capita energy consumption was 316 MMBTU in 2010 (USEIA 2012). In the North Country, transportation is the major energy consumer (42%), followed by residential (28%), commercial (17%), and industrial (13%). Energy use varies slightly among counties within the North Country region. Clinton County supports higher levels of industrial activity and requires more energy than the more rural counties in the region, such as Hamilton County.
Suggested Targets: 1. Reduce current annual per capita energy consumption to 20%*
below forecasted levels by 2020, 30% by 2035, and 40% by 2050.
*This target reflects New York State’s “45 by 15” clean energy policy, which challenges the state to reduce electricity end-use in 2015 by 15% below forecasted levels, while simultaneously meeting 30% of electricity needs through renewable resources.
North Country Region Sustainability Plan