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  • West Virginia ranked fourth among the states in total energy production in 2015, producing 4.7% of the nation's total.
  • In 2016, West Virginia was the largest coal producer east of the Mississippi River and the second largest in the nation after Wyoming; the state accounted for 11% of the U.S. total coal production that year. 
  • In 2015, almost half of the 96 million short tons of coal mined in West Virginia was shipped to other states, and one-fourth was exported to foreign countries.
  • Coal-fired electric power plants accounted for 94% of West Virginia's net electricity generation in 2016, natural gas contributed 1.6%, and renewable energy resources—primarily hydroelectric power and wind energy—contributed about 3.8%.
  • In 2016, West Virginia was the ninth-largest natural gas-producing state in the nation, with gross withdrawals of almost 1.4 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. 

Last Updated: July 20, 2017

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West Virginia, U.S. Rankings

Total Energy per Capita 10
Total Energy per Capita 18
Total Energy 4
Crude Oil 15
Natural Gas 7
Coal 2
Electricity 21
Natural Gas 23
Electricity 38
Carbon Dioxide Emissions 21

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West Virginia Department of Commerce, Energy

West Virginia Office of Economic Opportunity - Welcome to West Virginia Weatherization

Public Service Commission of West Virginia

West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training

West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Children and Families, Utility Assistance, LIHEAP


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