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  • California was the fourth-largest producer of crude oil among the 50 states in 2017, after Texas, North Dakota, and Alaska, and, as of January 2018, third in oil refining capacity after Texas and Louisiana.
  • California is the largest consumer of jet fuel among the 50 states and accounted for one-fifth of the nation’s jet fuel consumption in 2016.
  • California's total energy consumption is second-highest in the nation, but, in 2016, the state's per capita energy consumption ranked 48th, due in part to its mild climate and its energy efficiency programs.
  • In 2017, California ranked second in the nation in conventional hydroelectric generation and first as a producer of electricity from solar, geothermal, and  biomass resources.
  • In 2017, solar PV and solar thermal installations provided about 16% of California’s net electricity generation. 

Last Updated: November 15, 2018

More Data & Analysis in California

California, U.S. Rankings

Total Energy per Capita 48
Total Energy per Capita 44
Total Energy 10
Crude Oil 7
Natural Gas 15
Coal --
Electricity 5
Natural Gas 9
Electricity 7
Carbon Dioxide Emissions 2

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Today In Energy

Wholesale power prices were generally higher in 2018, with both winter and summer spikes
Jan 07, 2019

Renewable diesel is increasingly used to meet California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard
Nov 09, 2018

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California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), Energy

California Department of Community Services and Development

California Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources

California Air Resources Board


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