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Mountaineers Are Always Free

West Virginia is nicknamed the Mountain State and its motto is “Mountaineers Are Always Free”. West Virginia was a part of Virginia until Virginia seceded from the Union in 1861. The delegates of the 40 western counties who opposed secession formed their own government, and were granted statehood in 1863 by President Abraham Lincoln. West Virginia was the only state to be designated by Presidential Proclamation.

West Virginia is the next stop in our United States of Energy data series ranking number 13 in residential electricity prices averaging $8.79 Megawatts per hour. Major electric power plants in the state include coal, hydroelectric and natural gas. West Virginia is the largest coal producer east of the Mississippi River and accounts for more than one-tenth of total U.S. coal production. 15% of the nation’s total coal production comes from West Virginia. West Virginia ranks second in interstate sales of electricity.

While doing research on West Virginia, I stumbled upon some other energy related fun facts. The first electric railroad in the world, built as a commercial enterprise, was constructed between Huntington and Guyandotte, West Virginia. William Tompkins used natural gas to evaporate salt brine in 1841, thus becoming the first person in the United States to use natural gas for industrial purposes.

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