The coal mined in the Southwest Virginia Coalfield is well suited for a variety of primary uses includingelectricity generation(steam coal), manufacturing coke (metallurgical coal), and supplying other industrial (non-coke), commercial and institutional users.
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How is coal used to generate electricity in Virginia?
It is thermal coal, burned to generate steam that spins turbines and dynamos creating electricity. Despite the coal production, Virginia is a net importer of energy; the state is not self-sufficient for petroleum, natural gas, uranium, or electricity: 1
What type of coal is found in the Appalachian Mountains?
Coal in Virginia Virginia’s Valley and Ridge coal is semi-anthracite, while Appalachian Plateau and Triassic Basin coal is bituminous Source: Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy
How many coal mines are there in Virginia?
In 2011, the 49 surface mines in Virginia produced 55% of the state’s coal, while 61 underground mines produced the remaining 45% – but those statistics vary significantly each year, as companies react to market demand and cost of extraction by opening/closing individual mines.12
Which states produce the most coal?
Of the 25 coal-producing states, Virginia was in the middle for tonnage of production in 2011. Wyoming mined over 20 times as much coal as Virginia. Both West Virginia and Kentucky produced over 5 times as much coal as Virginia.