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  • North Dakota ranks second in the nation, after Texas, in crude oil reserves and third, after Texas and New Mexico, in crude oil production.
  • North Dakota is a top 10 ethanol-producing state, and its five ethanol plants with nearly 527 million gallons in production capacity provide about 3% of the nation’s fuel ethanol.
  • North Dakota has almost 3% of U.S. natural gas reserves, and in 2021 the state accounted for 2% of U.S. natural gas gross withdrawals.
  • North Dakota contains the world's largest known deposit of lignite, and it is the fifth-largest coal producing state, accounting for 5% of U.S. total coal production.
  • In 2021, coal-fired power plants provided 57% of North Dakota’s electricity generation, and wind energy accounted for 34%, which was the sixth-highest share from wind power for any state.

Last Updated: June 16, 2022

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