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  • Alaska is one of the largest crude oil producers in the nation and relies on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System, which marked its 40th anniversary in 2017, to transport crude oil from the frozen North Slope to the warm-water port at Valdez on the state's southern coast. 
  • Alaska ranks third in the nation in natural gas gross withdrawals and the state opened the first U.S. liquefied natural gas export terminal in Kenai in 1969, but most of the state's gas production is not brought to market because of the lack of pipeline transport.
  • Many rural communities in Alaska rely primarily on diesel electric generators for power, and Alaska ranks second only to Hawaii in the share of its electricity that is generated from petroleum liquids. 
  • Wind power from over 100 turbines accounts for more than three-fourths of Alaska's electricity supply generated by nonhydroelectric renewable sources in 2016.
  • Alaska was one of eight states in 2016 generating electricity from geothermal energy; the state's first geothermal power plant, Chena Hot Springs, opened in 2006 and has a generating capacity of 730 kilowatts. 

Last Updated: October 19, 2017

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