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  • In 2016, 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. 
  • The ports in Virginia's Norfolk Customs District—America's largest coal export center—processed 36% of U.S. coal exports in 2017.
  • In 2017, natural gas fueled 50% of Virginia's net electricity generation, nuclear power provided 33%, coal fueled almost 12% and renewable resources, including biomass and hydropower, supplied more than 6%.
  • 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 hydroelectric pumped storage facility in the world.

Last Updated: August 16, 2018

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