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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

  • In 2022, North Carolina ranked fourth in the nation in both total installed solar power generating capacity and solar generation.
  • North Carolina is among the 10 states with the lowest natural gas use per capita, even though natural gas use for electricity generation in the state has tripled in the past decade.
  • In 2022, North Carolina ranked among the five states producing the most electricity from nuclear power, which accounted for 32% of the state's net generation.
  • In 2022, North Carolina was among the 10 states with the highest petroleum use and total annual expenditure for motor gasoline.
  • North Carolina ranks among the 10 states with the highest electricity consumption and is in the top 5 for residential sector electricity use.

Last Updated: February 15, 2024

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