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  • West Virginia ranked fifth among the states in total energy production in 2018, accounting for 5% of the nation's total.
  • In 2019, West Virginia was the second-largest coal producer in the nation, after Wyoming, and accounted for 13% of U.S. total coal production. More than one-third of the more than 93 million tons of coal mined in West Virginia was exported to foreign markets.
  • Coal-fired electric power plants accounted for 91% of West Virginia's electricity net generation in 2019, renewable energy resources—primarily hydroelectric power and wind energy—contributed almost 6% and natural gas provided more than 3%.
  • In 2019, West Virginia was sixth in the nation in natural gas marketed production with nearly 2.2 trillion cubic feet.
  • Although West Virginia's 2019 crude oil production accounts for less than 0.5% of the nation's total, the state's output is more than six times greater than it was in 2012 because of production from the Marcellus Shale.

Last Updated: October 15, 2020

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