Coal Holds Ground in WV Power Generation but Loses in OH and PA
The State Journal
12 December 2013
By Jim Ross
Ohio and Pennsylvania moved away from coal-fired power generation
and toward natural gas last year, while West Virginia remained
anchored to coal.
According to final data for 2012 released Dec. 12 by the Energy
Information Administration, the amount of coal-fired power
generation declined by 7.5 percent in West Virginia last year,
from about 75.96 million megawatt hours in 2011 to 70.27 million
Overall power generation in West Virginia was down about 7.1
percent to 73.4 million megawatt hours.
Despite a 32 percent decrease in price for natural gas delivered
to electric generators — utilities, independent producers and
others — gas-powered generation in the Mountain State decreased
about 3.4 percent.
Ohio and Pennsylvania, meanwhile, saw gas-fired generation
increase even as total generation fell. Gas-fired generation in
Ohio was up about 83.7 percent. In Pennsylvania it increased by 27
percent. Coal-fired generation decreased 18.7 percent in Ohio and
13.4 percent in Pennsylvania.
Gas accounted for 24 percent of power generation in Ohio last year
and 24 percent in Pennsylvania, compared with about one-third of 1
percent in West Virginia. Coal produced about 66 percent of the
electricity in Ohio, 39 percent in Pennsylvania and 96 percent in
As generation and fuel mix changed, so did coal receipts at power
plants. West Virginia power plants received 1 percent less coal
than in 2011. Ohio plants received 22 percent less and
Pennsylvania plants 16 percent.