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Alabama’s rich forests – covering 67 percent of the state’s lands, reach from the Appalachian mountains to the north south to the plains, which stretch to the Mobile River Delta and the Gulf of Mexico. This geography illustrates the richness of Alabama’s energy resources. And while income industries, particularly automotive factories, have grabbed the headlines of Alabama’s growth in the 21st Century, it is energy that provides a bedrock for the state.
And Alabama’s energy resources are abundant. The state has more than half of its natural gas reserves offshore in state waters and adjacent federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico, plentiful coal deposits, and numerous rivers that can produce hydroelectric power.
The state’s two nuclear plants provide about a fourth of its electricity needs, and more than 24 dams contribute enough hydroelectric power to meet 5 percent of the state’s electricity needs. One of the world’s largest biofuel plants ships hundreds of thousands of metric tons of wood pellets to Europe each year. But Alabama’s natural gas and oil production have been in decline, so the state reaches beyond its borders for additional supplies.
As a key state involved in offshore drilling, , Alabama and its varied energy resources will continue to play a key role in our country’s energy future.