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CHARLESTON — New battle lines are being drawn in the state Legislature with renewables poised to seize a larger share of a West Virginia energy market where coal and natural gas remain king.

Backed by industry groups, Republicans gained their first supermajority in both chambers with election wins earlier this month. If they keep rank next session, Republicans can advance or halt any bill without the need to win Democrats to their side. That dynamic will take center stage against a familiar backdrop.

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