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Coal production expected to decline in West Virginia

Herald-Dispatch
11/3/2014
Coal production expected to decline in West Virginia Nov. 03, 2014 @ 11:24 PM The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON West Virginia coal production is expected to drop about 10 percent by 2020, according to the new West Virginia Consensus Coal Production Forecast. The state’s production is expected decline three to eight million tons each year of the forecast period due to plant retirements and increasing competition from natural gas, renewables and coals from other areas. “The near-term consensus is that West Virginia will produce 101 to 102 million tons of coal in 2020, a decline of ten percent from 2013 production,” said Christine Risch, director of Resource and Energy Economics at Marshall University’s Center for Business and Economic Research. Read more