Colorado, also known as the Centennial State, means “colored red”. In our United States of Energy data series, Colorado ranks number 27 in residential prices compared to 52 other US states averaging $11.04 Megawatts per hour. Major electric power plants consist of coal, hydroelectric and natural gas. Coal is the leading source of emissions.
Ten of the nation’s 100 largest natural gas fields and three of nation’s 100 largest oil fields are found in Colorado. The states oil shale deposits hold an estimated 1 trillion barrels of oil, which is nearly as much oil as the entire world’s proven oil reserves.
Colorado has so much more to offer with it’s vast land then just large oil and gas fields. Denver has the largest city park system in the nation with 205 parks in the city limits and 20,000 acres of parks in the nearby mountains. Colorado has 222 state wildlife areas. One of Colorado’s parks, the Mesa Verde National Park, contains more than 4,000 archaeological sites from the Ancestral Puebloans who inhabited the area from AD 550 to 1300. 75% of the land area of the U.S. is contained in Colorado with an altitude over 10,000 feet.
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