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Oklahoma Department of Commerce - State of Success

Powering the nation for more than a century.

Why is that?

We Power the Nation

In 1897, even before Oklahoma’s statehood, Bartlesville’s Nellie Johnstone No. 1 became the state’s first profitable oil well, laying a firm foundation for our continued success as an energy leader and innovator.


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Fast forward more than 100 years and Oklahoma energy expertise extends well beyond traditional energy to include clean energy, CNG, geothermal, solar, wind and more. From oil and gas to wind and unconventional resources, Oklahoma is leading the way with a diverse energy plan. The focus here is on fostering economic development, transitioning transportation, optimizing the existing energy systems and positioning Oklahoma for the future by leveraging our natural resources.

Oklahoma Energy Quick Facts

  • The energy industry employs the state’s largest workforce – more than 190,000 people, with another 31,000 jobs expected to be added by 2017.
  • On average nearly $51.7 billion of state production is generated and oil and gas output continues to increase as technology improves the success ratio of extraction efforts.
  • Oklahoma has five petroleum refineries with a combined capacity of more than 500,000 barrels per day, approximately 3 percent of the total U.S. capacity.
  • Oklahoma ranks 4th in the nation for total wind capacity, with 3,782 megawatts of wind capacity.
  • Over the past five years, Oklahoma’s higher education system has produced about 7,000 degrees annually in the energy sector alone.

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R&D in the Heartland

Oklahoma has been on the forefront of energy exploration for more than 100 years. But we know that if America wants to keep working toward energy independence, we have to find new technologies to support our country’s energy needs.

Oklahoma is home to the new GE Oil & Gas Technology Center. As a global leader, GE knows the importance of research and development and is planning to triple R&D investment in the oil and gas industry in the next three years.

GE has already announced plans to partner with Oklahoma City-based Devon Energy Corp. to accelerate the development and testing of products in the field and drive technology advancements for artificial lift systems used for increasing the flow of liquids from production wells, advanced drilling technologies and water treatment solutions.

Energy Giants Call Oklahoma Home

  • Access Midstream Partners
  • Chesapeake Energy
  • Continental Resources
  • Devon Energy
  • GE Oil & Gas
  • Halliburton Energy Services
  • OG&E
  • Oklahoma Natural Gas
  • SandRidge Energy
  • Schlumberger Technology

Let’s work together

Oklahoma is at the center of the global energy industry. Join our state of success. Contact us today to get started. Call the Oklahoma Team at 800-588-5959.

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