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  • Colorado's vast fossil fuel resources include the Niobrara Shale, with resource estimates running as high as 2 billion barrels of oil.
  • From 2005 to 2015, crude oil production in Colorado more than quadrupled; in the same period, marketed natural gas production rose 51%. 
  • In 2015, 60% of the electricity generated in Colorado came from coal, 22% from natural gas, and 18% from renewable energy resources.
  • Colorado's Renewable Energy Standard requires investor-owned electric utilities to provide 30% of electricity sold from renewable energy sources by 2020, with 3% coming from distributed generation.
  • In 2015, Colorado’s grid-connected solar photovoltaic capacity of 599 megawatts was the ninth largest in the United States, and the state obtained more than 6 times as much net generation from utility-scale solar facilities as it did just 5 years earlier in 2010.

Last Updated: December 15, 2016

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Colorado, U.S. Rankings

Consumption
Total Energy per Capita 34
Expenditures
Total Energy per Capita 43
Production
Total Energy 7
Crude Oil 7
Natural Gas 6
Coal 11
Electricity 29
Prices
Natural Gas 44
Electricity 24
Environment
Carbon Dioxide Emissions 24

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Colorado Energy Office

Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, Public Utilities Commission

Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Economic Security, LEAP

Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission

Colorado Energy Office, Financing

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