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  • The electric power sector is the largest consumer of natural gas in Alabama, accounting for 63% of consumption in 2016.
  • In 2016, the port of Mobile, Alabama, handled the second-largest tonnage of U.S. coal imports, as well as the third-largest tonnage of coal exports (mostly coking coal used in steelmaking).
  • Alabama's Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant, with three reactors, has a total generating capacity of 3,310 megawatts, second only to Arizona’s Palo Verde nuclear plant.
  • In 2016, Alabama ranked 14th in net electricity generation from renewable energy resources, with conventional hydroelectric power supplying 70% of the state's renewable generation.
  • Alabama has the third-largest timberland acreage among the Lower 48 states, and wood and wood waste were key contributors to the state's ranking of  fifth in the nation in electricity generation from biomass.

Last Updated: May 18, 2017

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