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  • In 2020, North Dakota ranked second in the nation, after Texas, in both crude oil production and proved crude oil reserves.
  • North Dakota is one of the top 10 ethanol-producing states, and its five ethanol plants with nearly 500 million gallons in production capacity provide about 3% of the nation’s fuel ethanol.
  • North Dakota has almost 3% of U.S. natural gas reserves, and in 2020 the state accounted for 2.5% of U.S. natural gas gross withdrawals.
  • North Dakota contains the world's largest known deposit of lignite, and it is a top-10 coal producing state, accounting for 4% of U.S. total coal production.
  • In 2020, coal-fired power plants provided 57% of North Dakota’s electricity generation, and wind energy accounted for 31%, which was the fifth-highest share from wind power for any state.

Last Updated: May 20, 2021

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