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  • West Virginia ranked fifth among the states in total energy production in 2016, accounting for 4.5% of the nation's total.
  • In 2017, West Virginia was the second largest coal producer in the nation after Wyoming, and  accounted for 11% of U.S. total coal production.
  • In 2016, two-thirds of the 80 million short tons of coal mined in West Virginia was consumed in the United States, and the other one-third was exported to foreign markets.
  • Coal-fired electric power plants accounted for 93% of West Virginia's net electricity generation in 2017, renewable energy resources—primarily hydroelectric power and wind energy—contributed about 4.6%, and natural gas provided 2.2%.
  • In 2017, West Virginia was the seventh-largest natural gas-producing state in the nation, with an output of 1.6 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.

Last Updated: August 16, 2018

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