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Ramping Up Renewable Energy . . .

“RAMPING UP RENEWABLE ENERGY TO DECREASE COSTS, REDUCE RISKS, AND STRENGTHEN ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES FOR WEST VIRGINIA”

“Less than 5% of West Virginia’s electricity generation comes from renewable resources. Hydropower has long been used in mountainous West Virginia, and the state’s first hydroelectric power plants were built around 1900. West Virginia’s largest hydroelectric facility, with more than 100 megawatts of capacity, was built in the 1930s, and the newest, with a capacity of 80 megawatts, began operating in 2001. Of the state’s utility-scale hydroelectric facilities, the industrial sector operates the largest share, followed closely by electric utilities and independent power producers. Hydroelectric power accounts for less than 2% of the state’s net electricity generation. Power generation from wind energy is on the increase, but most of West Virginia’s wind energy potential is restricted to the narrow ridges in northeastern West Virginia. There are almost 700 megawatts of installed wind capacity in West Virginia, and, recently, wind energy contributed slightly more than hydropower to the state’s net electricity generation. . . Biomass and solar photovoltaic generation each contribute less than 0.01% to the state’s utility-scale electricity generation.”

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