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  • Kentucky is the fifth-largest coal producer among the states, and is ranked fifth in the nation in estimated recoverable coal reserves.
  • In 2017, Kentucky had two oil refineries with a combined processing capacity of about 278,500 barrels per calendar day.
  • In 2017, 79% of Kentucky's net electricity generation was coal-fired, the fourth-largest share of any state, but a record 13% of Kentucky's net generation was natural gas-fired.
  • In 2017, 37% of all new hydroelectricity generating capacity brought into service in the United States was located in Kentucky, and hydropower supplied 90% of Kentucky's renewable electricity generation.
  • More than one-fifth of all operating U.S. coal mines are located in Kentucky, more coal mines than in any other state except Pennsylvania.

Last Updated: May 17, 2018

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Kentucky, U.S. Rankings

Total Energy per Capita 14
Total Energy per Capita 17
Total Energy 14
Crude Oil 25
Natural Gas 19
Coal 5
Electricity 18
Natural Gas 25
Electricity 44
Carbon Dioxide Emissions 12

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