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Energizing Illinois

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 27, 2016

In the heart of the U.S. industrial and agricultural belt, Illinois’ significant energy contribution is its infrastructure. The state hosts four crude oil refineries with a capacity of more than 962,000 barrels per day, making Illinois the largest refining state in the Midwest, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). The state ranked fourth in the U.S. in refining as of January 2015.

illinois_thumbnailClick on the thumbnail to view a two-page energy infographic for the Prairie State.

As a refining hub, Illinois also is crisscrossed by pipelines – eight crude oil pipelines and nine petroleum product pipelines (as well as more than a dozen interstate natural gas pipelines), EIA says. It takes the complete picture – available resources and supporting infrastructure – for the U.S. to fully harness the benefits of its energy abundance by delivering energy to the homes and businesses that need it.

As an energy consumer, Illinois used more natural gas than any other energy source in 2014, EIA reports. Natural gas accounted for 24 percent of the state’s overall energy use. Nuclear electric power (22.4 percent) and coal (22.2 percent) were close behind. Nuclear (51 percent) is the state’s leading fuel for electricity generation.

The United States is the world leader in oil and natural gas production – and it also possesses world-class pipeline and refining infrastructure, such as those in Illinois. To fully benefit from our energy wealth, we need more energy infrastructure to ensure that all parts of the country are helped by our domestic energy renaissance.

Pursuing infrastructure construction is one of a set of pro-development policies that will help expand the economy, grow jobs and benefit consumers. Page 2 of the infographic features a chart showing how these benefits and more will increase with pro-energy policies.

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 Illinois 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.