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Energizing Nevada

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 10, 2016

Natural gas figures prominently in Nevada’s energy picture– despite the fact the state has no natural gas production of its own.

nevadaClick on the thumbnail to view a two--page energy infographic for the Silver State.

Nevadans used more natural gas than any other energy source in 2014, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) – 39 percent of the state’s total. Natural gas accounted for 73 percent of Nevada’s net electricity generation in 2015, EIA says. Of course, this natural gas comes into Nevada from other states via pipelines.

The state’s energy portfolio also includes solar and geothermal energy. According to EIA, the state was No. 2 in the country in net electricity generation from geothermal and third in generation from solar. In all, renewable energy accounted for nearly 20 percent of Nevada’s electricity generation in 2015.

In these ways Nevada illustrates an all-of-the-above approach to energy: oil, natural gas, solar, wind and all forms of energy playing roles. The lead role is oil and natural gas and, thanks to America’s energy renaissance, the U.S. is the world’s leading oil and gas producer. With pro-development policies this production can continue and grow. Page 2 of the infographic includes a chart illustrating the benefits of a pro-development policy path.

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 Nevada 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.