Mississippi Energy Industry: Facts & Figures

Mississippi Energy Industry: Facts & Figures

  • Mississippi raw energy production (oil, coal, natural gas) amounts to 40% of statewide raw energy consumption. However, Mississippi is a net exporter of energy in its consumable state, electricity and refined transportation fuels.
  • Petroleum makes up 35.8% of Mississippi’s total energy use, followed by natural gas at 32.6%, coal at 12.4%, nuclear at 10.1% and renewables at 4.9%.
  • Industry accounts for 54% of total energy consumption in Mississippi, followed by transportation at 22%, residential at 14% and commercial at 10%.
  • Although Mississippi is a natural gas-producing state, much more natural gas is consumed in Mississippi than is produced. However, Mississippi has more natural gas flowing both into and out of the state than any other state and is 4th in miles of interstate natural gas pipelines as seen in this map.
  • Mississippi’s only operating coal mine, located in Choctaw County and owned by North American Coal, supplies lignite coal to a 440-megawatt power plant adjacent to the mine. A second lignite mine is planned to be operating in Kemper County to supply Mississippi Power Company’s 582-megawatt lignite gasification plant currently under construction. The Kemper County plant will be the first of its kind in the U.S., using Mississippi sourced lignite and capturing carbon dioxide for use in the enhanced oil recovery industry.
  • A single large reactor at Entergy’s Grand Gulf Nuclear Power Station produces nearly 20% of total state electricity and all of the state’s nuclear power. A recently completed power upgrade project makes Grand Gulf the largest single reactor in the United States in capacity at 1,443 megawatts.
  • Energy production and distribution directly employs over 22,000 Mississippians, and average energy wages in Mississippi, at $63,456, are nearly twice the overall private sector average wage, which is $33,524.

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