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Coal Fact for the Day: Manufacturing Megawatts in Mason County, WV


February 11, 2024Since 1980, the 1,300 MW Mountaineer Power Plant in Mason County, West Virginia, has been supplying cheap and dependable electric power to the Mountain State.

From its single coal-fired unit, the plant cranks out about 8 million megawatt hours of electricity a year from 4 million tons of West Virginia coal.

With 299 direct employees and another 677 indirect jobs, the plant’s total payroll is $83 million annually.  The plant’s total economic footprint in the state comes in at just over$619 million a year, not counting the collection of $11.5 million in state and local taxes associated with the plant.