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  • In 2015, Virginia ranked third, after Colorado and New Mexico, in coalbed methane proved reserves, and two Virginia coalbed methane fields are ranked among the top 100 natural gas fields in the United States. 
  • Virginia accounted for 4% of U.S. coal production east of the Mississippi River in 2015. The ports in the Norfolk Customs District—America's largest coal export center—processed more than 38% of U.S. coal exports in 2016.
  • In 2016, natural gas fueled 44% of Virginia's net generation, surpassing the contribution from the state's two nuclear power plants for the second year in a row.
  • Virginia established a voluntary renewable portfolio standard (RPS) to encourage investor-owned utilities to procure a portion of the electricity sold in Virginia from renewable energy resources. The RPS goal is for 15% of base year 2007 sales to come from eligible renewable energy sources by 2025.
  • Virginia’s Bath County Pumped Storage Station, with a net generating capacity of 3,003-megawatts, is the largest pumped hydroelectric storage facility in the world.

Last Updated: August 17, 2017

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