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  • Alaska is one of the top five crude oil producers in the nation, and the state's oil output in 2017 was the highest in three years.
  • Alaska ranks third in the nation in natural gas gross withdrawals, but most of the state's gas production is reinjected into oil fields to help maintain crude oil production rates.
  • 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 fuels.
  • Because of Alaska's harsh winters, energy-intensive industries, and small population, the state’s per capita energy consumption is the third highest in the nation, after Louisiana and Wyoming.
  • Alaska has a non-binding goal to generate 50% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2025, and hydropower already accounted for 25% of the state's net electricity generation in 2017.

Last Updated: November 15, 2018

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