Energy Facts

Below are facts about Montana energy and factors that can grow our nation's energy and economic security: 

Jobs and Revenue:

  • The oil and gas industry in Montana today supports over 43,000 jobs
  • The industry adds more than $4.5 billion to Montana's gross state product, representing almost 10.8% of its wealth. 
  • America’s oil and natural gas industry supports 10.3 million jobs and contributes $1.3 trillion in added value to the economy.
  • The average non-gas station oil and natural gas industry salary in Montana is $86,143.  The state's average salary across all industries is $37,862. 
  • As of the end of 2013, Montana held more than one-fourth of the nation's estimated recoverable coal reserves and was the seventh-largest coal-producing state. It produced 4.3% of U.S. coal in 2013 and distributed coal to nine other states.
  • The Williston Basin of Montana and North Dakota holds one of the largest accumulations of crude oil in the United States; its Bakken and Three Forks formations are currently estimated to be capable of producing 7.4 billion barrels of oil.
  • Montana produces about 1 in every 100 barrels of U.S. oil.
  • Montana produces more than 4% of U.S. coal from just half a dozen mines.69 The majority of Montana's coal production comes from several large surface mines in the Powder River Basin in southeastern Montana.70,71,72 One of Montana's largest coal mines, the Rosebud surface mine, supplies almost all of its production to the state's largest electricity generating station, the coal-fired power plant at Colstrip, Montana.
  • More than half of Montana's net electricity generation comes from coal.