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  • Pennsylvania's gross natural gas production, primarily from the Marcellus Shale, reached nearly 5.5 trillion cubic feet in 2017, and the state was the nation's second-largest natural gas producer after Texas.
  • Pennsylvania was the third-largest coal-producing state in the nation in 2017 and the only state mining anthracite, which has a higher heat value than other types of coal.
  • In 2017, Pennsylvania ranked second in the nation in electricity generation from nuclear power, which supplied 42% of the state's net electricity generation, more than from any other energy source.
  • About 51% of Pennsylvania households use natural gas as their primary home heating fuel, 22% rely on  electricity, 17% use fuel oil, 4% use propane, and nearly 3% burn wood.
  • Pennsylvania requires that 18% of the electricity sold by 2021 come from renewable sources, including at least 0.5% solar photovoltaic power. In 2017, renewable energy accounted for 4.5% of the state's net electricity generation.

Last Updated: July 19, 2018

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