Gov. George Allen: State Power Rankings
States with baseload electricity from coal and hydropower have the most affordable electricity prices and are highly competitive.
Alexandria, VA – As football season begins and sportscasters list their team rankings, Governor George Allen, Chairman of the American Energy Freedom Center, issued this statement regarding the unveiling of the state power rankings, an interactive map that analyzes each State’s current electricity portfolio:
“This map illustrates the inextricable link between affordable and efficient forms of electricity. The American people deserve to hear and understand this relationship as the leadership in Congress and the Obama Administration debate carbon cap-and-trade legislation which will increase electricity rates for every single American. People in States that use coal – which provides them more affordable electricity than the national average – would face the biggest increases in their electricity costs. Higher electricity prices would make their States, and all America, less competitive for jobs and investment.
“With declining state revenues and family budgets under tremendous stress, increased electricity rates will only cause more pain. Higher electricity rates significantly affect small, medium and large businesses. As governor, I saw firsthand the direct correlation between affordable electricity and the recruitment of high-tech companies and jobs to Virginia. To keep family budgets solvent and jobs here in America, we must promote efficient and reliable power generation.
“While some policymakers – including the President – may welcome higher electricity rates, the American people want and deserve more affordable and reliable energy. And as this debate moves forward, the American Energy Freedom Center will continue to engage, educate, and empower the American people with the facts to positively change American energy policy and stop further job-killing burdens.”
NOTE: The State Power Rankings or the electricity affordability index was compiled with data obtained from the Energy Information Agency (EIA). This analysis found that the national average per kilowatt hour (KWH) in 2008 was 9.91 cents, with West Virginia ranking 1st at 5.59 cents/KWH and Hawaii ranking 51st at 29.20 per KHW.
The American Energy Freedom Center is a project of the Institute for Energy Research, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization.
For questions, contact Sandy Liddy Bourne at (571) 970-4632 or Sandy@EnergyFreedomCenter.org.