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  • In 2016, North Carolina was the third-largest producer of electricity generated from solar photovoltaics (PV) among the states; almost all of the solar generation occurred at utility-scale facilities operated by independent power producers.
  • Of the 711 public- and private-access biodiesel fueling stations nationwide, more than 16% are in North Carolina.
  • North Carolina was fourth in the nation in net electricity generation from nuclear power in 2016, producing 5.3% of the nation's total.
  • In 2016, nuclear energy contributed the largest share of North Carolina's electricity generation, 32.5%. Natural gas-fired generation rose to 30%, exceeding coal's share—28.6%—of the state's net generation for the first time. 
  • In 2017, a wind farm with 208 megawatts of capacity came online in North Carolina. It is the largest wind farm in the Southeast.

Last Updated: August 17, 2017

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North Carolina, U.S. Rankings

Total Energy per Capita 38
Total Energy per Capita 45
Total Energy 29
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Coal --
Electricity 7
Natural Gas 49
Electricity 41
Carbon Dioxide Emissions 14

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North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, Energy, Mineral and Land Resources

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North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Low Income Energy Assistance Program

North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, Weatherization Assistance Program

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