Energy Deregulation in West Virginia
Deregulated energy services: Only natural gas (limited participation).
Deregulated gas service territories: Peoples Gas West Virginia, Dominion Energy West Virginia, Consumers Gas Utility, Mountaineer Gas.
West Virginia deregulated natural gas in 2010, but market participation has been low and the choice of gas providers is limited. Around 40% of homes use gas heating in West Virginia, and they account for 25% of statewide consumption.
- West Virginia ranks among the top natural gas producing states, with the third-largest reserves in the country.
- According to the US EIA, local gas production reached 2.6 trillion cubic feet in 2020.
The Mountain State increased its gas production by a factor of 10 between 2010 and 2020, and shale wells account for 95% of the output. However, gas-fired generation remains low in the state, representing only 3% of electricity production. Coal is the main power source by far, representing 88% of generation.