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  • Colorado's crude oil production has quadrupled since 2010, and the state holds about 4% of total U.S. crude oil reserves.
  • Colorado is the fifth-largest natural gas-producing state, and 11 of the nation's 100 biggest natural gas fields are located in the state.
  • Electricity from renewable sources has more than doubled since 2010 to almost 25% of Colorado's net  generation in 2017, led by increased wind power from the state's nearly 2,000 turbines.
  • Colorado is the top coalbed methane-producing state, and has nearly one-fourth of U.S. economically recoverable coalbed methane reserves.
  • Over half of Colorado's electricity comes from coal-fired power plants, and annual coal production in the state increased for the first time in six years in 2017, as foreign demand for U.S. coal rose.

Last Updated: January 17, 2019

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