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  • South Dakota ranked sixth in the nation in ethanol production capacity in 2017, with 7% of the U.S. total.
  • In 2017, hydroelectric power provided more than two-fifths of South Dakota's net electricity generation, the largest share of any energy source in the state.
  • In 2016, wind power provided about 30% of South Dakota’s total net electricity generation. Wind provided a larger share of state generation in South Dakota than in all but one other state.
  • Oil production in South Dakota has been fairly steady for three decades, ranging between about 1.1 million and 1.8 million barrels per year.
  • Per capita retail electricity sales in South Dakota are well above the national average in part because about three out of every ten households use electricity as their primary energy source for home heating.

Last Updated: February 15, 2018

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South Dakota, U.S. Rankings

Total Energy per Capita 8
Total Energy per Capita 5
Total Energy 39
Crude Oil 25
Natural Gas 29
Coal --
Electricity 47
Natural Gas 32
Electricity 21
Carbon Dioxide Emissions 46

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