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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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