Electricity generation by region
As we saw previously in this series, electricity generation in the United States came in at 74.5 million MWh (megawatt-hours) in the week that ended December 4, 2015. All nine census regions in the US reported gains in electricity generation during the week.
Eastern United States
The New England division saw a 5.4% increase in electricity generation to 2.3 million MWh during the week that ended December 4. The Mid-Atlantic division saw a 408,000 MWh increase in electricity generation to 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 714,000 MWh, or by 4.1%, in electricity production to 18.1 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 increased by 1.4 million MWh to 13.3 million MWh during the week that ended December 4.
Electricity generation for the West Central division increased by 314,000 MWh to 5.5 million MWh. In the South Central division, electricity generation increased by 610,000 MWh, or by 5.2%, to 12.4 million MWh.
Western United States
Electricity generation in the Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountain regions rose by 314,000 MWh and 156,000 MWh, respectively. The Pacific Southwest saw a 317,000 MWh increase in electricity generation during the week that ended December 4, 2015. Southern California Edison Company (EIX) and PG&E Corporation (PCG) operate in the Pacific Southwest.
But what does this mean for coal? Continue to the next part of this series to find out.