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West Virginia Energy Profile and Energy Estimates

“Quick Facts”

  • West Virginia ranked fifth among the states in total energy production in 2018, accounting for 5% of the nation’s total.
  • In 2019, West Virginia was the second-largest coal producer in the nation, after Wyoming, and accounted for 13% of U.S. total coal production. More than one-third of the more than 93 million tons of coal mined in West Virginia was exported to foreign markets.
  • Coal-fired electric power plants accounted for 91% of West Virginia’s electricity net generation in 2019, renewable energy resources—primarily hydroelectric power and wind energy—contributed almost 6% and natural gas provided more than 3%.
  • In 2019, West Virginia was sixth in the nation in natural gas marketed production with nearly 2.2 trillion cubic feet.
  • Although West Virginia’s 2019 crude oil production accounts for less than 0.5% of the nation’s total, the state’s output is more than six times greater than it was in 2012 because of production from the Marcellus Shale.

Explore US Energy Administration’s “West Virginia” Website – a great amount of information

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