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  • In 2016, Kentucky dropped from the third-largest to the fifth-largest coal producer among the states, as coal-fired electricity generating plants that had been customers of Kentucky mines were retired.
  • Kentucky had two oil refineries with a combined processing capacity in 2016 of about 278,500 barrels per calendar day.
  • Although 83% of Kentucky's net electricity generation in 2016 was coal-fired, a record 10% was natural gas-fired; the previous record share of natural gas-fired generation was 7% in 2015.
  • In 2016, half of all new hydroelectricity generating capacity brought into service in the United States was located in Kentucky, and hydropower supplied 88% of Kentucky's renewable electricity generation.
  • A Kentucky electric cooperative is selling customers shares in an 8.5-megawatt community solar project that will credit their bills as though solar panels were on their home rooftops.

Last Updated: May 18, 2017

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Kentucky, U.S. Rankings

Total Energy per Capita 13
Total Energy per Capita 16
Total Energy 13
Crude Oil 25
Natural Gas 19
Coal 5
Electricity 20
Natural Gas 28
Electricity 44
Carbon Dioxide Emissions 12

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