US Department of the Interior Natural Resources Revenue Data

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Nevada

Land ownership

Natural resource extraction varies widely from state to state. In Nevada, extractive industries accounted for 2.3% of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2015.

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 84.9% of all land in Nevada.

For a detailed view of how gold mining affects communities in northern Nevada, read the case study on Elko and Eureka Counties or the case study on Humboldt and Lander Counties.

Production

Energy production: The U.S. Energy Information Administration publishes a profile of energy production and usage in Nevada.

Nevada ranks among the top five states in the U.S. for production of:

  • Geothermal: #2 in the nation (19% of U.S. production)
  • Solar: #3 in the nation (6% of U.S. production)

Nonenergy minerals: The U.S. Geological Survey publishes information about nonenergy mineral extraction in the USGS Minerals Yearbook for Nevada.

The Energy Information Administration collects data about all energy-related natural resources produced on federal, state, and privately owned land.

Data and documentation

Hydroelectric

1,766,640 megawatt hours of hydroelectric energy were produced in Nevada in 2016.

Crude oil

277,000 barrels of crude oil were produced in Nevada in 2016.

Geothermal

3,848,200 megawatt hours of geothermal energy were produced in Nevada in 2016.

Natural gas

0 mcf of natural gas were produced in Nevada in 2016.

Other biomass

25,871 megawatt hours of other biomass energy were produced in Nevada in 2016.

Solar

2,545,983 megawatt hours of solar energy were produced in Nevada in 2016.

Wind

343,865 megawatt hours of wind energy were produced in Nevada in 2016.

Wood-derived fuel

0 megawatt hours of wood-derived fuel energy were produced in Nevada in 2016.

The Office of Natural Resources Revenue collects detailed data about natural resource production on federal land in Nevada.

Data and documentation

Gas

1,785 mcf of gas were produced on federal land in Nevada in 2016.

County production

Elko County Nye County Elko County Nye County
County production of gas in 2016 (mcf)

Geothermal

19,032,988 hundred gallons of geothermal energy were produced on federal land in Nevada in 2016.

County production

Churchill County Churchill County
County production of geothermal energy in 2016 (cgal)

Geothermal

2,088,366,886 kilowatt hours of geothermal energy were produced on federal land in Nevada in 2016.

County production

Churchill County Eureka County Humboldt County Lander County Lyon County Mineral County Pershing County Washoe County Churchill County Eureka County Humboldt County Lander County Lyon County Mineral County Pershing County Washoe County
County production of geothermal energy in 2016 (kWh)

Oil

276,178 barrels of oil were produced on federal land in Nevada in 2016.

County production

Elko County Eureka County Nye County Elko County Eureka County Nye County
County production of oil in 2016 (bbl)

Data withheld

Production volume in Nevada was withheld for the following product(s):

  • Potash (’13)

Revenue

Companies pay a wide range of fees, rates, and taxes to extract natural resources in the United States. What companies pay to federal, state, and local governments often depends on who owns the natural resources.

Natural resource extraction can lead to federal revenue in two ways: non-tax revenue and tax revenue. Revenue data on this site primarily includes non-tax revenue from extractive industry activities on federal land.

Data and documentation

Revenue from production on federal land by resource

When companies extract natural resources on federal lands and waters, they pay royalties, rents, bonuses, and other fees, much like they would to any landowner. This non-tax revenue is collected and reported by the Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR).

For details about the laws and policies that govern how rights are awarded to companies and what they pay to extract natural resources on federal land: coal, oil and gas, renewable resources, and hardrock minerals.

The federal government collects different kinds of fees at each phase of natural resource extraction. This chart shows how much federal revenue was collected in 2016 for production or potential production of natural resources on federal land in Nevada, broken down by phase of production.

Commodity 1. Securing rights 2. Before production 3. During production Other revenue
Oil and Gas
Oil & Gas
$2,788,166
$24,740 $1,599,337 Oil $1,154,270 $9,819
Geothermal
Geothermal
$4,576,035
$0 $901,737 $3,440,869 $233,429
Other products
Potassium
$11,662
$0 $2,501 $1,658 $7,503
All commodities
All commodities
$7,375,863
$24,740 $2,503,575 $4,596,797 $250,750

Most non-tax revenue collected by ONRR comes from counties with significant natural resources on federal land.

Data and documentation

All commodities

Companies paid $7,375,863 to produce natural resources on federal land in Nevada in 2016.

Revenue collected by County

Churchill Clark Elko Esmeralda Eureka Humboldt Lander Lincoln Lyon Mineral Nye Pershing Washoe White Pine Churchill Clark Elko Esmeralda Eureka Humboldt Lander Lincoln Lyon Mineral Nye Pershing Washoe White Pine
County revenue in 2016

Federal tax revenue

Individuals and corporations (specifically C-corporations) pay income taxes to the IRS. Depending on company income, federal corporate income tax rates can range from 15–35%. Public policy provisions, such as tax expenditures, can decrease corporate income tax and other revenue payments in order to promote other policy goals.

Learn more about revenue from extraction on all lands and waters.

We don’t have detailed data about federal, state, or local revenue from natural resource extraction on land owned by Nevada, corporations, or individuals. However, companies generally must pay state and local taxes.

Disbursements

After collecting revenue from natural resource extraction, the Office of Natural Resources Revenue distributes that money to different agencies, funds, and local governments for public use. This process is called “disbursement.”

Most federal revenue disbursements go into national funds. For detailed data about which expenditures and projects from those national funds are in Nevada, see nationwide federal disbursements.

ONRR also disburses some revenue from natural resource extraction to state governments. In 2016, ONRR disbursed $4,612,559 to Nevada.

Data and documentation

We don’t have detailed data about how states or local governments distribute revenue from natural resource extraction.

Economic impact

This data covers gross domestic product and two different types of jobs data.

To learn more about direct energy employment across all sectors of the U.S. economy, another useful resource is 2017 U.S. Energy and Employment Report from the Department of Energy. This report has a separate state-by-state analysis of energy employment.

Data about each state’s gross domestic product comes from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Data and documentation

GDP (dollars)

In 2015, extractive industries accounted for 2.3% of Nevada’s GDP, or $3,240,000,000

Employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics describes the number of people who receive wages or salaries from companies.

Data and documentation

Extractive industry jobs

In 2016, there were jobs in the extractive industries in Nevada, and they accounted for 1.2% of statewide employment.

Extractive industry jobs by county

Churchill County Clark County Elko County Eureka County Humboldt County Lander County Lincoln County Lyon County Mineral County Nye County Pershing County Storey County Washoe County White Pine County Churchill County Clark County Elko County Eureka County Humboldt County Lander County Lincoln County Lyon County Mineral County Nye County Pershing County Storey County Washoe County White Pine County
County employment in extractive industries (jobs, 2016)

Wage and salary jobs by commodity

Jobs are categorized according to the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). To learn more about how we grouped those categories, see data and documentation.

Geothermal, hydroelectric, solar, and wind energy categories are limited to jobs directly related to electrical energy generation. To learn more about all energy-related employment, see the 2017 U.S. Energy and Employment Report from the Department of Energy.

nonenergy mineral

In 2016, there were 13,595 nonenergy mineral jobs in Nevada.

geothermal energy

In 2016, there were 182 geothermal energy jobs in Nevada.

oil and gas

In 2016, there were 83 oil and gas jobs in Nevada.

Self-employment data, from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, describes people who work in natural resource extraction, but don’t receive wages or salaries because they own their own companies.

Data and documentation

Self-employment

In 2015, there were self-employed people working in the extractive industries in Nevada.

The U.S. Census Bureau collects information about the top 25 exports in each state. In 2015, one or more natural resources ranked among the top 25 exports from Nevada.

Data and documentation

Gold

$3,941,220,000 worth of gold was exported from Nevada in 2015.

Copper

$326,920,000 worth of copper was exported from Nevada in 2015.

Silver

$244,170,000 worth of silver was exported from Nevada in 2015.

State governance