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  • Alaska's proved crude oil reserves of 2.7 billion barrels are the fifth-largest of any state. However, many of Alaska's oil fields are mature, and the state's oil production in 2019 averaged 466,000 barrels per day, the lowest level since the late 1970s.
  • Alaska ranks third in the nation in natural gas gross withdrawals, but the state has no major pipeline to bring the natural gas to market. As a result, about 90% of the state's natural 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--15% in 2019--that is generated from petroleum fuels.
  • Alaska's total energy consumption is among the 10 lowest states, but its per capita energy consumption is the 4th-highest in part because of its small population, harsh winters, and energy-intensive industries.
  • Alaska has a non-binding goal to generate 50% of its electricity from renewable and alternative energy sources by 2025, and renewables already accounted for about 30% of the state's electricity generation in 2019.

Last Updated: January 21, 2021

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