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  • Alabama is the second-largest hydroelectric power producer east of the Rocky Mountains, after New York. Twenty three hydroelectric dams provided almost 8% of the state's electricity net generation in 2019.
  • In 2019, Mobile was the largest port of entry for U.S. coal imports by volume and the third-largest port for coal exports. About three-fourths of the coal mined in Alabama is exported.
  • Alabama is the fifth-largest generator of electricity from nuclear power in the nation. The Browns Ferry nuclear power plant, with three reactors, is the second-largest U.S. nuclear electric generating facility after Arizona’s Palo Verde nuclear power plant.
  • Alabama has about 4% of U.S. total wood pellet production capacity, including one wood pellet manufacturing plant that uses peanut hulls as feedstock.
  • Alabama is the fifth-largest producer of electricity from biomass in the nation, and the state ranks third in timber acreage among the Lower 48 states. 

Last Updated: July 16, 2020

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