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  • Virginia ranks third in the nation, after Colorado and New Mexico, in coalbed methane proved reserves, and two Virginia coalbed methane fields, Oakwood and Nora, are ranked among the top 100 natural gas fields in the United States.
  • The ports in Virginia's Norfolk Customs District processed about 35% of U.S. coal exports in 2019, making it the largest U.S. coal export center.
  • In 2019, natural gas fueled 60% of Virginia's electricity net generation, nuclear power provided almost 30%, renewable resources, primarily  biomass, supplied more than 6%, and coal fueled almost 4%.
  • Virginia’s Bath County Pumped Storage Station, with a net generating capacity of 3,003 megawatts, is the largest hydroelectric pumped storage facility in the nation.
  • The Plantation Pipeline, one of the nation's largest petroleum products pipelines with a capacity of 720,000 barrels per day, delivers refined  products throughout the Southeast before reaching its final delivery point in northern Virginia.

Last Updated: October 15, 2020

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