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  • Kentucky, the third-largest coal-mining state, produced more than 61 million short tons of bituminous coal in 2015.
  • In 2015, 87% of Kentucky's net electricity generation was produced by coal and 7% by natural gas. The previous record share for natural gas was 3% of net generation.
  • Most of Kentucky's natural gas currently comes from the Big Sandy field in the state's east, but the Devonian Shale underlying two-thirds of Kentucky may contain more than 100 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.
  • Increasing amounts of customer-sited solar photovoltaic capacity have been installed across Kentucky, and the state is home to the nation's first net-zero energy public school.
  • In 2015, Kentucky had two oil refineries with a combined operating capacity of about 245,500 barrels per calendar day.

Last Updated: April 21, 2016

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Kentucky, U.S. Rankings

Total Energy per Capita 13
Total Energy per Capita 16
Total Energy 12
Crude Oil 21
Natural Gas 19
Coal 3
Electricity 20
Natural Gas 23
Electricity 43
Carbon Dioxide Emissions 12

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Kentucky Department of Energy Development and Independence

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Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence, Division of Efficiency and Conservation

Kentucky Department for Natural Resources, Division of Oil and Gas


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