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  • In 2016, about 87% of the energy Nevada consumes came from outside the state.
  • Nevada's largest generating plant uses high-efficiency natural gas combined-cycle technology and recycles three-fourths of the water it uses, minimizing the use of the state's scarce water resources. In 2017, 70% of the state's electricity generation came from natural gas.
  • In 2017, Nevada ranked second in the nation in electricity generation from geothermal energy and fourth in utility-scale generation from solar energy. The two sources combined supplied 19% of Nevada’s utility-scale net electricity generation.
  • Nevada has the lowest average annual precipitation of any state in the nation, and much of the state is sun-bathed desert, which provides Nevada with the most solar energy resource potential in the nation.
  • More than four-fifths of Nevada’s land is under federal control—a higher share than in any other state—and one of the nation’s largest federal hydroelectric facilities, Hoover Dam, is on Nevada's border with Arizona.

Last Updated: December 20, 2018

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