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  • Montana has the nation's largest recoverable coal reserves, which is about  one-third of the U.S. total, and is the seventh-largest coal-producing state.
  • Montana is the fifth largest producer of hydroelectric power in the nation, and 6 of Montana's 10 largest generating plants produce hydropower.
  • One of the nation’s eight converter stations that connect the eastern and western electric grids is located at Miles City, Montana.
  • In 2017,  coal-fire power plants accounted for less than half of the state’s electricity generation for the first time, with coal’s share dropping to 49%.
  • Montana's  first utility-scale solar power facilities came online during 2017, and the state has six large solar power farms with a combined generating capacity of 17 megawatts.

Last Updated: December 20, 2018

More Data & Analysis in Montana

Montana, U.S. Rankings

Total Energy per Capita 15
Total Energy per Capita 14
Total Energy 21
Crude Oil 13
Natural Gas 20
Coal 7
Electricity 40
Natural Gas 50
Electricity 35
Carbon Dioxide Emissions 42

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Montana Public Service Commission

Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, Low Income Energy Assistance

Montana Department of Environmental Quality, Coal and Uranium Program, Coal Section

Montana Department of Environmental Quality, Energy

Montana Governor's Office of Indian Affairs


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