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News Release, Kansas Geological Survey, Sept. 2, 2003

Energy Data Available from KGS

LAWRENCE--As the U.S. pays increasing attention to energy issues--from high gasoline prices to blackouts--Kansas is importing more of its energy from out-of-state, according to a new publication from the State's Energy Resources Coordination Council and the Kansas Geological Survey, based at the University of Kansas.

The report, the 2003 Kansas Energy Abstract, consists of data about the state's energy production and consumption, and focuses on energy resources such as coal, oil, natural gas, and renewable resources, such as wind generation.

Data in the report show that Kansas imports about 55 percent of its energy from outside the state. In 1997, Kansas went from a net energy exporter to a net energy importer, in part because of declining oil and natural gas production, and in part because of the importation of coal to produce electricity.

Kansas energy production peaked in 1967 and has since been in decline, primarily due to decreased production from the state's aging oil and gas fields. At the same time, energy consumption has nearly doubled, from just over 600 trillion BTUs in 1960 to nearly 1100 trillion BTUs in 2000.

The Abstract shows Kansas consumes about five times more electricity than it did 40 years ago. Much of that electricity is generated from coal imported from Wyoming. At the same time, the state's coal production continues to decline, to just over 200,000 tons in the year 2000.

Kansas ranks eighth among the states in both oil and natural gas production. Oil production in 2001 was 34 million barrels, about a third of what it was in 1960. Natural gas production was about 308 billion cubic feet in 2002, about half of the state's 1960 production, largely because of declines from the huge Hugoton natural gas field in southwestern Kansas.

Renewable energy production is increasing in the state, primarily in the form of wind generation and ethanol, though they represent less than one percent of the state's total energy production.

The Abstract was compiled by Liz Brosius of the Kansas Geological Survey and Scott White, of KU's Energy Research Center. The State Energy Resources Coordination Council is a 13-member group charged with studying and making recommendations concerning the state's energy situation. The council's chairman is Lee Allison, director of the Kansas Geological Survey.

The Abstract is available from the Kansas Geological Survey (1930 Constant Ave, Lawrence, KS 66047-3726, or call 785-864-3965) at a cost of $15.00, plus $4.00 for handling. Kansas residents should add 7.3% sales on the total cost of the order. Much of the information in the abstract is also available electronically (at

Links of interest to this article:
Kansas Energy Resources Coordination Council
Kansas Energy Information Network

Story by Rex Buchanan, (785) 864-2106
For more information, contact Scott White, (no longer at the KGS)

Kansas Geological Survey, Public Outreach