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Electricity Generation Drops Again on Warmer Weather

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Jan. 9 2016, Updated 10:05 a.m. ET

Electricity generation by region

As we saw previously in this series, electricity generation in the United States came in at 74.8 million MWh (megawatt-hours) in the week ended December 18, 2015. Six of the nine census regions in the United States reported an increase in electricity generation during the week.

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Eastern United States

The New England division saw a marginal drop in electricity generation to 2.3 million MWh during the week ended December 18, 2015. The Mid-Atlantic division saw a 30,000 MWh drop in electricity generation to 7.8 million MWh. Utilities (XLU) such as Consolidated Edison (ED) and Public Service Enterprise Group (PEG) operate in the Mid-Atlantic division.

The Southeast division is the largest division in the United States for electricity production. It saw an increase of 945,000 MWh, or 5.3%, in electricity production to 18.6 million MWh. Some of the largest utilities, including NextEra Energy (NEE) and Southern Company (SO), operate there.

Central United States

Electricity generation in the Central industrial division fell by 73,000 MWh to 12.6 million MWh during the week ended December 18, 2015.

Electricity generation for the West Central division increased by 226,000 MWh to 6.3 million MWh. In the South Central division, electricity generation increased by 414,000 MWh, or by 3.5%, to 12.2 million MWh.

Western United States

All three western divisions saw an increase in electricity generation during the week ended December 18. The Rocky Mountains and Pacific Northwest saw 7.8% and 13.1% increases, respectively, in electricity generation over the previous week. Electricity generation in the Pacific Southwest increased by 3.4%.

Southern California Edison (EIX) and PG&E (PCG) operate in the Pacific Southwest. Electricity generation in the Rocky Mountains division rose marginally during the week.

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