West Virginia Electricity Generation

The graphs and charts below feature statistics on West Virginia electricity generation and consumption. You can compare these graphs for West Virginia with whichever states you choose.

Also see electricity generation from renewable energy in West Virginia.

Total Electricity Consumption in West Virginia

Most economists link electricity consumption directly with economic growth. Analysts at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Information Administration (EIA) project that the U.S. gross domestic product will grow at an average annual rate of 2.9% per year through 2030. And they predict electricity consumption will grow over this same period at a rate of 0.8% per year. That means electric power consumption, and the accompanying infrastructure to produce and deliver electricity, will be about 43% greater in 2030 than it is today.

For West Virginia, looking at past consumption trends is one good indicator for projecting growth rates into the future.

Source: Energy consumption by state is taken from the DOE Energy Information Administration State Energy Consumption, Price, and Expenditure Estimates (SEDS database).

Total Electricity Consumption in West Virginia 1980 – 2011

(million kWh)

1980: 20831; 1981: 21869.247; 1982: 20756.397; 1983: 20711.8; 1984: 21102.063; 1985: 20847.378; 1986: 20602.899; 1987: 21074.866; 1988: 22387.97; 1989: 22847.422; 1990: 23132.431; 1991: 23624.945; 1992: 23831.118; 1993: 24441.525; 1994: 24775.708; 1995: 25976.705; 1996: 26126.778; 1997: 26247.224; 1998: 26511.261; 1999: 27144.008; 2000: 27692.998; 2001: 27669.43201; 2002: 28463.12199; 2003: 28296.99301; 2004: 28918.612; 2005: 30152.069; 2006: 32312.126; 2007: 34183.839; 2008: 34221.103; 2009: 30271.329; 2010: 32032; 2011: 31239;
West Virginia electricity consumption in 2010
(million kWh)
32,032
Percent of U.S. electricity consumption 0.9%
State rank 34
Average annual increase in West Virginia electricity consumption 1980–2010 1.3%
U.S. growth rate 1.8%
Percent growth state rank 40

Electricity Consumption in West Virginia by Sector

The portion of electricity consumed in the major energy consuming sectors can provide energy analysts an indication about where the greatest potential for savings lies.

West Virginia Electricity Consumption by Sector 2010

(million kWh)

Commercial: 7962; Industrial: 11623; Residential: 12443; Transportation:

U.S. Electricity Consumption by Sector 2010

Commercial: 1330199; Industrial: 970873; Residential: 1445708; Transportation:

2010 percentage of electricity consumed in:

Commerce 25%
Industry 36%
Homes 39%

Source: EIA SEDS database.

Fuel Sources for Electric Power Generation

The fuel mix used by electric power companies to generate electricity points to the relative carbon intensity in the state electric power sector.

Fuel Sources for Electric Power Generation in West Virginia in 2011

(trillion Btu)

Coal: 759.3; Natural Gas: 2.7;
	Petroleum: 1.9; Nuclear: 0;
	Biomass, Geothermal, Solar, and Wind:  19.5.

Fuel Sources for Electric Power Generation in the United States in 2011

Coal: 759.3; Natural Gas: 2.7;
	Petroleum: 1.9; Nuclear: 0;
	Biomass, Geothermal, Solar, and Wind:  19.5.

The fuel mix used by electric power companies to generate electricity points to the relative carbon intensity in the state electric power sector.

Source: Energy consumption by state is taken from the EIA SEDS database.