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States - CHP in West Virginia

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A significant percentage of the electrical generation in West Virginia takes advantage of its waste heat, at 2.5% of total generating capacity this is below the 8% national average in 2003. 1.5% of this capacity is in the industrial sector, 1% is in the commercial with the remainder in residential. Electrical prices are below the national average and have gradually fallen over the last 10 years. Natural gas has experienced price fluctuations along with the all other states in the region and seen prices climb 28.3% over the last 12 years. There has been very little CHP and distributed energy activity in the state to this point. There remains 878MW of CHP potential within the state, most being within the industrial sector.

Installed CHP Capacity

Currently, West Virginia's CHP market generates 2.5% of its total energy market, amounting to a capacity of 374MW. This energy is primarily generated through 8 major CHP facilities. Commercial attributions account for 145.4MW of the total market through the use of 4 different facilities. The remainder is attributed to the industrial market having 4 facilities produce 228.2MW.

Potential Market for CHP

According to the US Department of Energy, West Virginia's commerical and industrial sectors have the potential to generate an additional 380 to 850 MW of CHP.

Potential Commercial/ Institutional CHP System Capacities in Virginia

Potential Commercial/ Institutional CHP System Capacities in Virginia
Source: "Role of Combined Heat and Power in Virginia's Energy Future",
report prepared by The Alexandria Research Council

State Restructuring Activities

Status of State Electric Industry Restructuring from DOE EIA

State Energy Data System (SEDS)


Electricity Pricing

DOE EIA - Electricity Prices
(a variety of monthly and annual data is available at this site)

Natural Gas Pricing

Average natural gas rates in WV graph

DOE EIA - Natural Gas Prices by State
(select residential/commercial/industrial in the "Data Series" box at top of this page)

West Virginia Links

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CHP Requirements & State Support Programs Links

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