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Joint Venture champions full release of gasoline data

City-level data reveals Sacramento consumes most gasoline per capita; Los Angeles and San Diego top sellers

August 26, 2021 – Joint Venture Silicon Valley has advocated for and obtained additional new data that reveals how much gasoline is consumed at the city level. Joint Venture applauds the California Energy Commission (CEC) for making public a list of 375 California cities that details how much gasoline is sold at retail gas stations in those cities. In January, the CEC released an initial list of 30 cities.

“In Silicon Valley, we use data and metrics to improve lives. This decision from the California Energy Commission will open the door to data and will enable cities to craft the policies we need to dramatically reduce our carbon footprint,” said San José Mayor Sam Liccardo, a Joint Venture Silicon Valley board member and signatory of the letter to the CEC.

The data reveals that Los Angeles and San Diego sell the most gasoline annually, at 511 million gallons and 455 million gallons, respectively. Of the largest cities, Sacramento consumes the most gasoline per capita, at 541 gallons per person per year. Riverside County’s city of Corona tops the overall list for per capita gasoline consumption, at 665 gallons per year.

“Burning gasoline – primarily in cars, trucks and SUVs – is the biggest source of human-caused carbon emissions in California,” said Janelle London, executive director of Joint Venture’s Beyond Gasoline initiative and co-executive director of the nonprofit, Coltura. “Giving the public access to city-level data on gasoline sales will allow residents to track their community’s progress on clean air and climate goals, and to hold themselves and their elected official accountable for cutting gasoline consumption.”

The CEC collects annual gasoline sales volumes from retail gas stations throughout the state. Joint Venture Silicon Valley, Coltura, and elected officials from across Silicon Valley advocated for publication of city gasoline sales data to help local governments set gasoline reduction goals and to evaluate the effectiveness of policies aimed at reducing transportation emissions.

Mayor Liccardo was joined in writing a letter to the CEC by Joint Venture Silicon Valley board members David Pine, Supervisor San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, Susan Ellenberg, Supervisor Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, Woodside Mayor Daniel Yost, Matt Mahan, San Jose Councilmember, and Mark Danaj, Fremont City Manager.

The CEC website includes a link to the broader set of gasoline sales for 375 cities. Advocates also obtained more detailed data from the CEC including number of gas stations per city and gasoline sales volumes by zip code.

The CEC website includes the top 30 cities by gasoline sales in millions of gallons:

Top 30 Cities - Gasoline Sales (Million of Gallons)

  2010201120122013201420152016201720182019
1 LOS ANGELES 543 577 570 513 462 490 578 597 553 551
2 SAN DIEGO 424 436 419 351 383 430 458 478 464 455
3 SAN JOSE 264 300 293 279 218 287 324 319 298 311
4 SACRAMENTO 237 260 255 255 174 256 279 284 264 278
5 BAKERSFIELD 191 194 194 179 169 181 221 217 205 204
6 FRESNO 150 154 156 144 108 154 185 192 176 159
7 RIVERSIDE 118 120 119 116 115 127 147 148 154 143
8 LONG BEACH 129 129 134 121 125 120 130 129 127 125
9 ANAHEIM 128 124 129 106 96 115 136 135 129 121
10 SAN FRANCISCO 112 129 127 118 71 107 120 120 105 107
11 CORONA 104 111 105 108 110 111 112 122 110 113
12 STOCKTON 107 102 96 97 80 95 109 109 102 107
13 CHULA VISTA 86 95 86 86 79 103 111 108 112 105
14 MODESTO 84 77 83 66 70 96 103 107 102 89
15 FONTANA 87 84 83 77 75 78 97 94 91 98
16 ONTARIO 85 93 78 78 76 70 110 98 92 84
17 SAN BERNADINO 75 86 83 81 71 80 86 96 91 87
18 TORRANCE 82 88 80 72 75 84 93 84 84 80
19 IRVINE 75 79 78 77 78 79 84 88 87 85
20 OAKLAND 98 90 86 78 51 73 83 89 86 80
21 SANTA ANA 81 75 81 72 81 81 85 84 83 86
22 FREMONT 73 83 83 69 64 77 85 87 76 74
23 ESCONDIDO 74 81 75 66 62 73 77 77 77 81
24 SANTA ROSA 69 68 74 76 60 70 83 83 75 76
25 OXNARD 68 72 64 65 64 69 72 80 85 81
26 ROSEVILLE 63 65 70 53 55 72 80 84 78 85
27 FULLERTON 55 64 67 66 65 65 72 75 81 82
28 EL CAJON 70 69 69 64 53 67 75 77 74 68
29 VAN NUYS 77 75 70 64 65 58 65 75 72 65
30 SALINAS 62 74 66 60 43 73 82 73 74 71

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About Coltura

Coltura is a west-coast based nonprofit improving climate, health and equity by accelerating the switch from gasoline and diesel to cleaner alternatives. Since its founding in 2014, Coltura has focused on cutting gasoline use through innovative legal and policy pathways, media, and art. For more info, visit www.coltura.org.

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