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  • California was the seventh-largest producer of crude oil among the 50 states in 2019, and, as of January 2020, it ranked third in oil refining capacity. Foreign suppliers, led by Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Ecuador, and Colombia, provided more than half of the crude oil refined in California in 2019.
  • California is the largest consumer of both jet fuel and motor gasoline among the 50 states and accounted for 17% of the nation’s jet fuel consumption and 11% of motor gasoline consumption in 2019. The state is the second-largest consumer of all petroleum products combined, accounting for 10% of the U.S. total.
  • In 2018, California's energy consumption was second-highest among the states, but its per capita energy consumption was the fourth-lowest due in part to its mild climate and its energy efficiency programs.
  • In 2019, California was the nation’s top producer of electricity from solar, geothermal, and biomass energy, and the state was second in the nation in conventional hydroelectric power generation.
  • In 2019, California was the fourth-largest electricity producer in the nation, but the state was also the nation’s largest importer of electricity and received about 28% of its electricity supply from generating facilities outside of California, including imports from Mexico.

Last Updated: February 18, 2021

More Data & Analysis in California

California, U.S. Rankings

Consumption
Total Energy per Capita 50
Expenditures
Total Energy per Capita 36
Production
Total Energy 12
Crude Oil 7
Natural Gas 14
Coal --
Electricity 4
Prices
Natural Gas 26
Electricity 3
Environment
Carbon Dioxide Emissions 2

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Reference

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California Energy Commission

California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), Energy

California Department of Community Services and Development

California Department of Conservation, Geologic Energy Management Division

California Air Resources Board

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