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  • In 2015, North Dakota was the second largest crude oil-producing state in the nation and accounted for 12.5% of total U.S. crude oil production, including oil produced in federal offshore areas.
  • In 2015, North Dakota had 5.3% of the nation’s recoverable coal reserves at producing mines and accounted for 3.2% of U.S. coal production. 
  • North Dakota’s total energy consumption is among the lowest in the nation as a result of its small population, but the state’s consumption per capita ranks among the highest, in part because of the energy-intensive industrial sector and high heating demand in winter. 
  • In 2016, about 71% of North Dakota's net electricity generation came from coal, 21.5% came from wind energy, and about 5% came from conventional hydroelectric power.
  • North Dakota has abundant wind resources and ranked 9th in the nation in wind energy potential,10th in utility-scale generation, and 11th in installed capacity in 2016.

Last Updated: March 16, 2017

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North Dakota, U.S. Rankings

Total Energy per Capita 4
Total Energy per Capita 3
Total Energy 6
Crude Oil 2
Natural Gas 11
Coal 9
Electricity 36
Natural Gas 13
Electricity 31
Carbon Dioxide Emissions 35

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North Dakota Public Service Commission

North Dakota Department of Commerce, Division of Community Services, Renewable Energy Programs

North Dakota Department of Human Services Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

North Dakota Industrial Commission, Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division

North Dakota Department of Commerce, Division of Community Services, Low Income Programs, Weatherization Assistance


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