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Energizing Utah

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 4, 2016

Utah is an important energy producer, ranking 11th among the 50 states in both oil and natural gas output, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) figures.

utah_thumbnailClick on the thumbnail to see a two-page energy infographic for the Beehive State.

Like a number of states, Utah’s oil production has seen significant growth recently, doubling over the past decade while tying an all-time high in 2014. The state’s marketed natural gas production has grown about 60 percent since 2002. Meanwhile, the state also is home to vast deposits of oil shale – kerogen-rich rock that releases oil when heated – that could be the largest in the world.

In terms of infrastructure, Utah has five refineries, all located in the Salt Lake City area, representing about a quarter of the region’s refining capacity. Utah also is part of a major natural gas pipeline corridor that transports gas from Wyoming and western Colorado to other western markets.

As for energy use, Utah consumed more coal than any other energy source in 2014, EIA says. Coal is the state’s leading power source for generating electricity (77 percent), with natural gas second (18.6 percent). According to EIA, natural gas’ share of electricity generation is expected to grow in the future.

America’s energy renaissance is lifting the economies of the states and the country overall. The U.S. is becoming more energy self-sufficient, more secure in the world and – thanks to increased natural gas use – we’re leading the world in reducing energy-related carbon emissions. To sustain and grow domestic energy production, pro-development policies are needed. Page 2 of the infographic shows the benefits of such an approach.

Energy is essential for virtually every aspect of our daily lives. It powers national, state and local economies, gets us to work and goes into products we rely on for health and comfort. Safe, responsible energy development here at home is linked to national security as well as Americans’ individual prosperity and liberty – in Utah and all the 50 states of energy.


Mark Green joins API after spending 16 years as national editorial writer in the Washington Bureau of The Oklahoman newspaper. In all, he has been a reporter and editor for more than 30 years, including six years as sports editor at The Washington Times. He lives in Occoquan, Virginia, with his wife Pamela. Mark graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in journalism and earned a masters in journalism and public affairs at American University. He's currently working on a masters in history at George Mason University, where he also teaches as an adjunct professor in the Communication Department.