Michigan Energy Facts

Below are several facts about the Michigan Energy:

  • More than 182,000 jobs are supported by oil and gas production in Michigan.
  • Oil and natural gas production adds more than $15.8 billion to the state's economy, representing 4.1% of the state's GDP.
  • The Antrim Gas Field, located in Michigan's Lower Peninsula, is one of the nation's top 100 natural gas fields.
  • In 2014, Michigan had more underground natural gas storage capacity – almost 1.1 trillion cubic feet – than any other state in the nation.
  • In 2015, Michigan’s three nuclear power plants, with four reactor units, provided 25.7% of the state's net electricity generation.
  • Michigan used coal for 46.4% of its net electricity generation in 2015.  Much of Michigan's coal is brought by rail from Wyoming and Montana.
  • Much of Michigan’s biomass energy comes from landfill gas, municipal solid waste, and the state's almost 19 million acres of forest land. Biomass provided fuel for 35% of Michigan's nonhydroelectric renewable net electricity generation in 2015.
  • Because the weather in Michigan is cooler than in other areas of the United States, space heating makes up a greater portion of energy use in homes (55%) compared to the U.S. average (41%), while air conditioning makes up only 1 percent of energy use, according to EIA's Residential Energy Consumption Survey.
  • The Antrim Shale today has about 9,700 active wells producing an average of 35,000 cubic feet of natural gas per day per well. (Source:  Michigan Public Service Commission)
  • Gas drilling in the Antrim Shale enjoys an impressive 90% success rate. (Source: Michigan State University)