Natural resource extraction varies widely from state to state. In California, extractive industries accounted for 0.3% of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2016.
California leads the nation in production of:
- Geothermal: 72.4% of U.S. Production
- Solar: 52.2% of U.S. Production
- Other biomass: 13.3% of U.S. Production
Natural resource ownership in the U.S. is closely tied to land ownership. Land can be owned by citizens, corporations, Indian tribes or individuals, or governments (for instance, federal, state, or local governments). Much of the data on this site is limited to natural resource extraction on federal land, which represents 45.8% of all land in California.
California also borders an offshore area with significant natural resource extraction, which may contribute to the state’s economy. For production and revenue data about offshore extraction near California, see the Pacific Ocean.
For a detailed view of how oil extraction affects communities in southern California, read the Kern County case study.
Energy production: The U.S. Energy Information Administration publishes a profile of energy production and usage in California.
California ranks among the top five states in the U.S. for production of:
- Geothermal: #1 in the nation (72% of U.S. production)
- Solar: #1 in the nation (52% of U.S. production)
- Other biomass: #1 in the nation (13% of U.S. production)
- Hydroelectric: #3 in the nation (10% of U.S. production)
- Wood-derived fuel: #3 in the nation (7% of U.S. production)
- Crude oil: #3 in the nation (5% of U.S. production)
- Wind: #5 in the nation (5% of U.S. production)
Nonenergy minerals: The U.S. Geological Survey publishes information about nonenergy mineral extraction in the USGS Minerals Yearbook for California.
Energy production in the entire state of California
The Energy Information Administration collects data about all energy-related natural resources produced on federal, state, and privately owned land.
Production on federal land in California
The Office of Natural Resources Revenue collects detailed data about natural resource production