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  • Gross natural gas production, primarily from the Marcellus Shale, exceeded 5 trillion cubic feet in 2016, and Pennsylvania was the nation's second-largest natural gas producer for the fourth consecutive year.
  • Pennsylvania was the third-largest coal-producing state in the nation in 2016 and the only state producing anthracite, which has a higher heat value than other kinds of coal.
  • In 2016, Pennsylvania ranked second in the nation in electricity generation from nuclear power, which supplied 39% of the state's net electricity generation, more than from any other source.
  • As of 2015, 51% of Pennsylvania households used natural gas as their primary home heating fuel, 22% used electricity, and 18% used fuel oil. Other heating fuels used in the state included propane, wood, and coal. 
  • Pennsylvania's Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard requires 18% of electricity sold by 2021 to come from approved renewable or alternative sources, including at least 0.5% solar photovoltaic power. In 2016, renewable energy accounted for 4% of Pennsylvania's net electricity generation.

Last Updated: July 20, 2017

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