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South Central and Pacific Northwest drag US electricity production

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Feb. 25 2015, Updated 4:05 p.m. ET

Electricity production by division in the US

The weekly electricity output and week-over-week change in production levels across different divisions in the US are in the chart below. The Edison Electric Institute (or EEI) provides weekly electricity production data by division across the US.

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South Central division drags production

For the week ended February 13, 2015, barring the Central Industrial, Southeast, and Pacific Southwest, all US divisions registered a drop in week-over-week electricity production.

Electricity production in the South Central division in the US saw the highest week-over-week drop in electricity production for the week ended February 13, 2015. Electricity production in the region fell by 12.4% compared to a week before. CenterPoint Energy (CNP) and American Electric Power Company (AEP) operate in some of the states within the South Central US. The two companies form 1.67% and 5.09%, respectively, of the total holdings of the Utilities Select Sector SPDR (XLU).

The Pacific Northwest region saw the second-highest drop in weekly electricity generation, after the South Central division. Generation fell by 8.5% in the region for the week ended February 13, 2015, compared to the preceding week. IDACORP (IDA) has significant operations in the US Pacific Northwest division.

Among regions showing a rise in weekly electricity generation, Central Industrial posted the highest growth. Electricity production in the region increased by 5.2% for the week ended February 13, 2015. Ameren Corporation (AEE) is a leading power company operating in the Central Industrial region.

Analyzing electricity production data by region helps investors in the power utilities sector identify demand in key micro markets within the US and track companies that operate in high-growth regions.

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