To get to zero by 2050, West Virginia must cut climate pollution by
4.1 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent a year.

Emissions in West Virginia

Million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MMTCO2e) emissions

Note: Grey area indicates missing data due to processing delays.

This is how we're going to do it.


West Virginia's climate pollution, by source
🏭 Other: 34%🔌 Power: 52%🚗 Transport: 11%🏠 Buildings: 3%

    Decarbonize Our Buildings

    🏭 Other: 34%🔌 Power: 52%🚗 Transport: 11%🏠 Buildings: 3%

    3% of West Virginia's climate pollution comes from buildings.

    We burn fossil fuels to heat our air, water, and food.

    To cut this pollution...

    Let's electrify our heat!

    We'll replace...

    ...in all of West Virginia's 1.1 million buildings.

    In fact, 46% of buildings in West Virginia are already fossil fuel free!

    That means we only need to electrify the remaining 565,000 dirty buildings in West Virginia. That's around 20,000 per year.

    Percent of Buildings electrifiedA chart showing the share of Buildings that have already been electrified and still based in fossil fuel.46.46% have been electrified, and the remaining 53.54% are fossil fuel based.Buildings ElectrifiedNot yet

    Electrifying all buildings cuts 3% of the pollution.

    🏭 Other: 34%🔌 Power: 52%🚗 Transport: 11%🏠 Buildings: 3%

    Decarbonize Our Transport

    🏭 Other: 34%🔌 Power: 52%🚗 Transport: 11%🏠 Buildings: 3%

    11% of West Virginia's pollution comes from cars, trucks, trains, and planes.

    But mostly from cars.

    To cut this pollution,

    your next car must be electric.

    Or consider going car-free with public transit, bikes/e-bikes, car share, or other alternatives!

    There are 509,000 vehicles in West Virginia and 600 are already electric (0.1% of the total).

    We need to electrify (or replace) the remaining 508,000 gas-powered vehicles. That's around 18,000 a year.

    Percent of Vehicles electrifiedA chart showing the share of Vehicles that have already been electrified and still based in fossil fuel.0.1% have been electrified, and the remaining 99.9% are fossil fuel based.Vehicles ElectrifiedNot yet

    Electrifying all transportation cuts 11% of the pollution.

    🏭 Other: 34%🔌 Power: 52%🚗 Transport: 11%🏠 Buildings: 3%

    Decarbonize Our Power

    🏭 Other: 34%🔌 Power: 52%🚗 Transport: 11%🏠 Buildings: 3%

    52% of West Virginia's pollution comes from burning coal, gas, and oil to make power.

    Dirty power plant

    To cut this pollution...

    Put solar panels on your roof!

    Then, we'll replace all fossil fuel power plants with solar and wind farms.

    We need to replace dirty power plants with clean ones (mostly wind and solar)

    ...and find good jobs for those workers.

    Current Fossil Fuel Power Plants in West Virginia

    10 coal plants

    Name: John E Amos
County: Putnam
Megawatt Capacity: 2,933
Utility: Appalachian Power Co

    John E Amos
    Putnam County
    2,933 MW

    Name: Harrison Power Station
County: Harrison
Megawatt Capacity: 2,052
Utility: Monongahela Power Co

    Harrison Power Station
    Harrison County
    2,052 MW

    Name: Mount Storm Power Station
County: Grant
Megawatt Capacity: 1,681
Utility: Virginia Electric & Power Co

    Mount Storm Power Station
    Grant County
    1,681 MW

    Name: Mitchell (WV)
County: Marshall
Megawatt Capacity: 1,633
Utility: Kentucky Power Co

    Mitchell (WV)
    Marshall County
    1,633 MW

    Name: Pleasants Power Station
County: Pleasants
Megawatt Capacity: 1,368
Utility: Allegheny Energy Supply Co LLC

    Pleasants Power Station
    Pleasants County
    1,368 MW

    Name: Mountaineer (1301)
County: Mason
Megawatt Capacity: 1,300
Utility: Appalachian Power Co

    Mountaineer (1301)
    Mason County
    1,300 MW

    Name: Fort Martin Power Station
County: Monongalia
Megawatt Capacity: 1,152
Utility: Monongahela Power Co

    Fort Martin Power Station
    Monongalia County
    1,152 MW

    Name: Longview Power
County: Monongalia
Megawatt Capacity: 808
Utility: Longview Power, LLC

    Longview Power
    Monongalia County
    808 MW

    Name: Grant Town Power Plant
County: Marion
Megawatt Capacity: 96
Utility: American Bituminous Power LP

    Grant Town Power Plant
    Marion County
    96 MW

    Name: Morgantown Energy Facility
County: Monongalia
Megawatt Capacity: 69
Utility: Morgantown Energy Associates

    Morgantown Energy Facility
    Monongalia County
    69 MW

    4 gas plants

    Name: Ceredo Generating Station
County: Wayne
Megawatt Capacity: 519
Utility: Appalachian Power Co

    Ceredo Generating Station
    Wayne County
    519 MW

    Name: Big Sandy Peaker Plant
County: Wayne
Megawatt Capacity: 353
Utility: Middle River Power II, LLC

    Big Sandy Peaker Plant
    Wayne County
    353 MW

    Name: Pleasants Energy, LLC
County: Pleasants
Megawatt Capacity: 344
Utility: Pleasants Energy LLC

    Pleasants Energy, LLC
    Pleasants County
    344 MW

    Name: Axiall Corporation Natrium Plant
County: Marshall
Megawatt Capacity: 123
Utility: Westlake Chemical Natrium Plant

    Axiall Corporation Natrium Plant
    Marshall County
    123 MW

    But wait!

    It's not enough to replace our power plants with wind and solar farms.

    To power our electric cars and buildings, we need two times the electricity we have today.

    In all, we'll need to build 4,000 Megawatts of wind power and 5,000 Megawatts of solar power.

    Since West Virginia already has 185 Megawatts of wind and 3 Megawatts of solar, that's 5,000 Megawatts of wind power we need to build and 5,000 Megawatts of solar power. That's around 140 Megawatts of wind power and 178 Megawatts of solar power a year.

    Percent of needed targetGeneration builtA chart showing the share of Solar and Wind capacity that has already been installed and rest to be installed. We are 2.5% of the way to what we need to be carbon neutral by 2050.MWs of targetGeneration Built

    Decarbonizing all dirty power cuts 52% of the pollution.

    And gives us zero-emissions power we need to eliminate pollution from buildings and cars!

    🏭 Other: 34%🔌 Power: 52%🚗 Transport: 11%🏠 Buildings: 3%

    Other Emissions

    🏭 Other: 34%🔌 Power: 52%🚗 Transport: 11%🏠 Buildings: 3%

    The last 34% of West Virginia's climate pollution comes from other sources...

    This includes farming, landfills, industry, and leaks from gas pipelines.

    There's no one solution to solve these problems, but there are lots of great ideas:

    • No-till farming to keep CO2 in the soil
    • Capturing methane leaks from landfills
    • Capturing CO2 to make emissions-free concrete
    • Burning green hydrogen to make emissions-free steel
    • Plugging methane leaks from gas pipelines

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