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  • Based on proved reserves, two of Virginia’s natural gas fields were ranked among the top 100 natural gas fields in the United States at the end of 2013. Virginia also ranked fourth among the states in coalbed methane proved reserves at the end of 2013.
  • Virginia accounted for 3.7% of U.S. coal production east of the Mississippi River in 2014. The ports in the Norfolk Customs District—America's largest coal export center—processed more than 35% of U.S. coal exports in 2015.
  • Natural gas provided 39% of Virginia's net generation in 2015, surpassing generation from the state's two nuclear power plants for the first time.
  • In 2015, the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy received the first federal offshore wind energy research lease issued by the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.
  • 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.

Last Updated: August 18, 2016

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Virginia, U.S. Rankings

Total Energy per Capita 30
Total Energy per Capita 36
Total Energy 21
Crude Oil 30
Natural Gas 17
Coal 14
Electricity 17
Natural Gas 47
Electricity 32
Carbon Dioxide Emissions 18

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Today In Energy

FERC certificates several new natural gas pipelines in 2017
Mar 07, 2017

New infrastructure aims to increase takeaway capacity of natural gas from Utica region
Nov 22, 2016

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Virginia Department of Social Services Energy Assistance

Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development - Weatherization

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality - Renewable Energy

Commonwealth of Virginia State Corporation Commission, Division of Energy Regulation

Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicle Data Center, Federal and State Incentives and Laws


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