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  • Arkansas accounts for about 1% of U.S. total natural gas production, and holds about 1% of the nation’s natural gas reserves.
  • There are three biodiesel manufacturing plants in Arkansas with a combined production capacity of 115 million gallons per year, the fifth highest for any state.
  • In 2020, natural gas exceeded coal for the first time as the leading source of electricity generation in Arkansas and accounted for almost one-third of the state’s net generation.
  • Arkansas ranks among the five states with the lowest average electricity retail price, and half the state's households rely on electricity for heating.
  • Arkansas's nuclear power plant (located on Lake Dardanelle about 60 miles northwest of Little Rock) generated 28% of in-state electricity in 2020 and is the second-largest power plant in the state by generating capacity.

Last Updated: April 15, 2021

More Data & Analysis in Arkansas

Arkansas, U.S. Rankings

Total Energy per Capita 17
Total Energy per Capita 21
Total Energy 23
Crude Oil 20
Natural Gas 11
Coal --
Electricity 22
Natural Gas 19
Electricity 45
Carbon Dioxide Emissions 28

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