West Virginia is the nation’s fifth-largest energy producer and has abundant fossil energy and renewable resources. Located in the center of the Appalachian Mountain region, West Virginia’s boundaries follow the region’s mountain ridges, valleys, and rivers, giving the state an unusual outline that includes two panhandles. Although it is one of the 10 smallest states in total area, West Virginia stretches from the Ohio River, where the state’s northern panhandle is wedged between Pennsylvania and Ohio, to a point almost 240 miles away on the state’s southern border with Virginia.
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The searchable Energy Storage Legislation Database displays information in interactive maps and charts, tracking state activity from 2017 to the present.
The National Conference of State Legislatures tracks environment and natural resources bills that have been introduced in the 50 states, territories and Washington, D.C.
This report lays out a roadmap for West Virginia to build upon its legacy as a domestic energy provider by capitalizing upon the vast land base of former surface coal mines as sites for new solar generation facilities. Preliminary analysis suggests there are up to 400,000 acres of former mine lands and other brownfields that could meet minimum site suitability requirements for large-scale solar across central Appalachia.
The West Virginia Office of Energy is responsible for the formulation and implementation of fossil, renewable and energy efficiency initiatives designed to advance energy resource development opportunities and provide energy services to businesses, communities and homeowners in West Virginia.
The First Street Foundation Flood Model represents the culmination of decades of research and development made possible by building upon existing knowledge and frameworks regularly referenced in the identification of flood risk.
The Impacts of Climate Change and the Trump Administration’s Anti-Environmental Agenda in West Virginia
Between 2017 and 2019, West Virginia experienced three severe storms. The damages of these events led to losses of at least $1 billion.
West Virginians are increasingly affected by the crisis of human-caused global warming and climate change. To address this challenge, West Virginians need science-based research, education, communication, dialogue, advocacy, policy, and action. The mission of the WV3C is to meet these needs by bringing up-to-date, multi-disciplinary, scientific and policy expertise into a wide range of civic and community settings, in a nonpartisan and constructive way.