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  • Excluding federal offshore areas, California was the third-largest producer of petroleum among the 50 states in 2016, after Texas and North Dakota, and, as of January 2017, third in oil refining capacity, with a combined capacity of almost 2 million barrels per calendar day at the state's 18 operable refineries.
  • In 2015, California accounted for one-fifth of the nation’s jet fuel consumption.
  • California's total energy consumption ranks among the highest in the nation, but, in 2015, the state's per capita energy consumption ranked 49th, due in part to its mild climate and its energy efficiency programs.
  • In 2016, California ranked third in the nation in conventional hydroelectric generation, second in net electricity generation from all other renewable energy resources combined, and first as a producer of electricity from solar, geothermal, and  biomass resources.
  • California leads the nation in solar thermal electricity capacity and generation. In 2016, California had 73% of the nation's capacity and produced 71% of the nation's utility-scale electricity generation from solar thermal resources.

Last Updated: October 19, 2017

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California, U.S. Rankings

Total Energy per Capita 48
Total Energy per Capita 44
Total Energy 10
Crude Oil 5
Natural Gas 15
Coal --
Electricity 4
Natural Gas 42
Electricity 5
Carbon Dioxide Emissions 2

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