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  • The Grand Coulee Dam on Washington's Columbia River is the largest hydroelectric power producer in the United States, and can provide electricity to 2.3 million households a year.
  • Washington is the leading producer of electricity from hydroelectric sources and routinely accounts for 25% of the nation's utility-scale net hydroelectricity generation.
  • Although not a crude oil producing state, Washington ranks fifth in the nation in crude oil refining capacity for making gasoline and other petroleum products. 
  • Washington's only natural gas storage field, the Jackson Prairie facility, can hold up to 44 billion cubic feet of gas and ranks among the top 20 U.S. gas storage reservoirs.
  • Washington produces more electricity than it consumes, and exports its surplus power to Canada and 13 other western states.
  • Washington is home to more than 100,000 Native Americans and their tribal lands are located in areas with substantial renewable energy resources.

Last Updated: November 16, 2017

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