Electricity generation by region
As we saw previously in this series, electricity generation in the United States came in at 70.2 million MWh (megawatt-hours) in the week ended December 25, 2015. All nine census regions in the United States reported a drop in electricity generation during the week.
Eastern United States
The New England division saw a drop of 83,000 MWh in electricity generation to 2.2 million MWh during the week ended December 25, 2015. The Mid-Atlantic division saw a 190,000 MWh drop in electricity generation to 7.6 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 a drop of 1.7 million MWh, or 9.0%, in electricity production to 17.0 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 740,000 MWh to 11.9 million MWh during the week ended December 25, 2015.
Electricity generation for the West Central division dropped by 392,000 MWh to 5.9 million MWh. In the South Central division, electricity generation increased by 816,000 MWh, or by 6.7%, to 11.4 million MWh.
Western United States
All three Western divisions saw a decrease in electricity generation during the week ended December 25. The Rocky Mountain and Pacific Northwest divisions saw a 6.3% and 0.4% decrease, respectively, in electricity generation over the previous week. Electricity generation in the Pacific Southwest dropped by 6.0%.