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  • In 2022, California was the seventh-largest producer of crude oil among the 50 states, and, as of January 2022, the state ranked third in crude oil refining capacity. 
  • California is the largest consumer of jet fuel and second-largest consumer of motor gasoline among the 50 states.
  • In 2020, California was the second-largest total energy consumer among the states, but its per capita energy consumption was less than in all but three other states.
  • In 2022, renewable resources, including hydroelectric power and small-scale, customer-sited solar power, accounted for 49% of California's in-state electricity generation. Natural gas fueled another 42%. Nuclear power supplied almost all the rest.
  • In 2022, California was the fourth-largest electricity producer in the nation. The state was also the nation’s third-largest electricity consumer, and additional needed electricity supplies came from out-of-state generators.

Last Updated: April 20, 2023

More Data & Analysis in California

California, U.S. Rankings

Total Energy per Capita 48
Total Energy per Capita 34
Total Energy 11
Crude Oil 7
Natural Gas 15
Coal --
Electricity 4
Natural Gas 2
Electricity 6
Carbon Dioxide Emissions 2

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California Energy Commission

California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), Energy

California Department of Community Services and Development

California Department of Conservation, Geologic Energy Management Division

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