Natural resources play a key role in the Energy sector for the Central Valley. Kern County is the No. 2 oil producing county in the nation, yielding 134 million barrels of oil and 111 billion CF of gas annually, according to the 2016 DOGGR data. Over 72% of California’s oil production and 70% of its gas production come from Kern County.
The San Joaquin Valley’s growing population and expanding economy will require increased supplies of reliable, diverse, clean energy, which is defined as “increasing the energy use efficiency of our homes and businesses and other resources; and producing more electricity and fuel in the Valley from renewable energy resources such as solar, wind and biomass.
From Oil production to Renewable Energy sources including Solar, Wind, and Biomass, Central California has the nation’s largest producers of energy.