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  • Pennsylvania's annual gross natural gas production, primarily from the Marcellus Shale, exceeded 4 trillion cubic feet in 2014, doubling the state's 2012 production and making Pennsylvania the nation's second-largest natural gas producer.
  • Pennsylvania was the fourth-largest coal-producing state in the nation in 2014 and the only state producing anthracite coal, which has a higher heat value than other kinds of coal.
  • In 2015, Pennsylvania ranked second in the nation in electricity generation from nuclear power. The state obtained 37.2% of its net electricity generation from nuclear power, more than from any other source.
  • Pennsylvania's Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards require 18% of electricity sold by 2021 to come from approved renewable or alternative sources, including at least 0.5% solar photovoltaic power. In 2015, renewable energy accounted for 4% of Pennsylvania's net electricity generation.
  • As of 2014, 51% of Pennsylvania households used natural gas as their primary home heating fuel, while 21% depended on electricity for heat and 19% relied on fuel oil. Other heating fuels used in the state included propane, wood, and coal.  

Last Updated: July 21, 2016

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Pennsylvania, U.S. Rankings

Total Energy per Capita 28
Total Energy per Capita 29
Total Energy 3
Crude Oil 18
Natural Gas 2
Coal 5
Electricity 3
Natural Gas 25
Electricity 15
Carbon Dioxide Emissions 3

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Ohio and Pennsylvania increased natural gas production more than other states in 2016
Apr 25, 2017

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