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  • West Virginia ranked fifth among the states in total energy production in 2019, accounting for 5% of the nation's total.
  • In 2020, West Virginia was the second-largest coal producer in the nation, after Wyoming, and accounted for 13% of U.S. total coal production. West Virginia also had 12% of recoverable coal reserves at producing mines, the third-largest reserve base in the nation, after Wyoming and Illinois. 
  • In 2020, coal-fired electric power plants accounted for 88% of West Virginia's electricity net generation. Renewable energy resources—primarily hydroelectric power and wind energy—contributed almost 6% and natural gas provided more than 3%.
  • In 2020, West Virginia was fifth in the nation in natural gas marketed production. The state produced nearly 2.6 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, about 10 times more than in 2010, and 95% of it was from shale wells.
  • West Virginia’s total crude oil production reached an all-time high of 20 million barrels in 2020, more than 10 times greater than a decade earlier. Much of that production comes from recent drilling in the state’s northern panhandle.

Last Updated: November 18, 2021

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