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  • Arkansas accounts for about 1% of U.S. total natural gas production, and holds about 1% of the nation’s natural gas reserves.
  • There are three biodiesel manufacturing plants in Arkansas with a combined production capacity of 115 million gallons per year, the fifth highest of any state and nearly 5% of the U.S. total.
  • In 2021, coal reclaimed the top spot as the leading fuel used to generate electricity in Arkansas, surpassing natural gas, and accounted for 35% of the state’s total net generation.
  • Arkansas ranks among the 10 states with the lowest average electricity retail price, and about half the state's households rely on electricity for heating.
  • Arkansas's only nuclear power plant (located on Lake Dardanelle about 60 miles northwest of Little Rock) generated 22% of total in-state electricity in 2021 and is the second-largest power plant by generating capacity in the state.

Last Updated: May 19, 2022

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