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Arkansas   Arkansas Profile

State Profile and Energy Estimates

Changes to the State Energy Data System (SEDS) Notice: In October 2023, we updated the way we calculate primary energy consumption of electricity generation from noncombustible renewable energy sources (solar, wind, hydroelectric, and geothermal). Visit our Changes to 1960—2022 conversion factor for renewable energy page to learn more.

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Quick Facts

  • Arkansas accounts for about 1% of U.S. marketed natural gas production and proved natural gas reserves.
  • There are two biodiesel manufacturing plants in Arkansas with a combined production capacity of 75 million gallons per year, about 4% of the U.S. total.
  • In 2023, natural gas was the leading fuel used to generate electricity in Arkansas and accounted for 39% of the state’s total net generation.
  • Arkansas ranks among the 10 states with the lowest average electricity retail prices, and slightly more than half the state's households rely on electricity as their primary source for home heating.
  • Arkansas' only nuclear power plant (located on Lake Dardanelle about 60 miles northwest of Little Rock) generated 24% of total in-state electricity in 2023 and is the second-largest power plant by generating capacity in the state.

Last Updated: July 18, 2024

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