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  • Colorado's vast fossil fuel resources include the Niobrara Shale, with resource estimates running as high as 2 billion barrels of oil.
  • From 2005 to 2015, crude oil production in Colorado more than quadrupled; in the same period, marketed natural gas production rose 51%. 
  • In 2015, 60% of the electricity generated in Colorado came from coal, 22% from natural gas, and 18% from renewable energy resources.
  • Colorado's Renewable Energy Standard requires investor-owned electric utilities to provide 30% of electricity sold from renewable energy sources by 2020, with 3% coming from distributed generation.
  • In 2015, Colorado’s grid-connected solar photovoltaic capacity of 599 megawatts was the ninth largest in the United States, and the state obtained more than 6 times as much net generation from utility-scale solar facilities as it did just 5 years earlier in 2010.

Last Updated: December 15, 2016

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