West Virginia ranked fifth nationwide in total energy production in 2019, accounting for 5% of the U.S.’s total energy. While riding the waves of the past few years, including a pandemic, global supply chain disruptions and workforce shortages, West Virginians proved their resiliency once again. Despite obstacles decades in the making, advances in technology and the exploration of new opportunities provide excitement within West Virginia’s energy portfolio.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration Independent Statistics & Analysis, coal is responsible for 84% of West Virginia’s energy production, with natural gas accounting for 8%. 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%.