West Virginia is a major contributor to U.S. energy production in coal, conventional and unconventional gas and liquids, and wind energy.

Development of the Marcellus Shale play in West Virginia has the potential for significant economic development for the state. WVU’s Bureau for Business and Economic Research—hosted in the College of Business and Economics—provides business and policymaking communities with reliable data and rigorous applied economic research and analysis that enables West Virginia’s leaders to design better business practices, more effective public policies and offers research expertise in energy economics.