California is a state of many names…the Land of Milk and Honey, the El Dorado State, the Golden State and the Grape State. This just goes to show you that California is known for many things.
Did you know? California leads the U.S. in producing 350 different crops and commodities. There are more than 300,000 tons of grapes grown in California annually. Almonds, artichokes, dates, figs, kiwi fruit, olives, pistachios, pomegranates, prunes, raisins and walnuts are all U.S. crops grown exclusively in California.
In our United States of Energy visual data series, California ranks as number 43 in residential electricity prices compared to 52 other US states with an average price of $14.75 Megawatts per hour. Leading the nation in electricity generation from non-hydroelectric renewable energy sources. California is also a leading generator of hydroelectric power.
The climate most likely plays a key role in high electricity prices and energy consumption. California holds the highest recorded temperature in the world. In the western hemisphere of California, the temperature reached 134 degrees recorded in 1913 in Death Valley. I wonder if that’s where the name Death Valley came from?