State Energy Profiles: Alaska
Alaska State Energy Profile
Map of Alaska
Last Update: March 10, 2011
Next Update: March 17, 2011
Alaska Quick Facts
- Excluding Federal offshore production, Alaska ranks second in the Nation in crude oil production.
- Prudhoe Bay on Alaska's North Slope is the highest yielding oil field in the United States, producing approximately 264,000 barrels per day.
- The Trans-Alaska Pipeline transports crude oil from the frozen North Slope to the warm-water Port of Valdez, on Alaska's southern coast.
- Alaska has six oil refineries, most of which are "topping" plants.
- Alaska's electricity infrastructure differs from the lower 48 States in that most consumers are not linked to large interconnected grids through transmission and distribution lines. Rural communities rely primarily on diesel electric generators for power.
- Plans are being discussed to develop two small nuclear facilities to help meet electricity demand in Alaska.