Energy Facts

Below are facts about Illinois energy and the value of oil and natural gas:

  • The oil and natural gas industry supports more than 263,000 jobs in Illinois.
  • The average oil and gas industry non-gas station salary salary in Illinois is $85,676, consideerably higher than the state's average salary of $54,279. 
  • The oil and natural gas industry contributes more than $33 billion to the state's economy, representing 5.1% of the state's GDP.
  • Illinois ranks 25th in overall energy consumption (2012). 
  • llinois is a key transportation hub for crude oil and natural gas moving throughout North America, with more than a dozen interstate natural gas pipelines, two natural gas market centers, several petroleum and petroleum product pipelines, and two oil ports.
  • Illinois leads the Midwest in crude oil refining capacity and ranked fourth in the nation as of January 2015.
  • In 2013, Illinois ranked second in the nation in recoverable coal reserves at producing mines.
  • With a production capacity of 1.5 billion gallons per year, Illinois is a top producer of ethanol.  Illinois ranked third in the United States in ethanol production in 2013.
  • Illinois ranked first in the nation in 2015 in both generating capacity and net electricity generation from nuclear power. Generation from nuclear power plants in Illinois accounted for more than 12% of the nation’s nuclear power.
  • Annually, Illinois households use 129 million Btu of site energy per home, 44% more than the U.S. average.
  • The average American citizen uses about 1 barrel of oil every 17 days (2015), or 22 barrels each year.
  • America's oil and natural gas industry supports more than 9.8 million U.S. jobs
  • The top five oil (and other liquid) producing countries in the world are United States, Saudi Arabia, Russia, China  and Canada.