Electricity generation by region
As we saw previously in this series, electricity generation in the United States marginally rose to 85.4 million MWh (megawatt-hours) in the week ended September 9, 2016. The rise was driven primarily by higher electricity generation from the Central Industrial region. However, the majority of the census regions in the United States reported a fall in electricity generation during the week.
Eastern United States
The New England division fell 57,000 MWh in electricity generation to 2.6 million MWh during the week ended September 9, 2016. The Mid-Atlantic division rose 398,000 MWh in electricity generation to about 9.6 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. Electricity generation from this region rose 343,000 MWh on a week-over-week basis. Some of the largest utilities, including NextEra Energy (NEE) and Southern Company (SO), operate there.
Central United States
Electricity generation in the Central Industrial region rose 914,000 MWh to 14.5 million MWh during the week ended September 9, 2016.
However, electricity generation for the West Central division fell 107,000 MWh to 6.8 million MWh. In the South Central division, electricity generation rose 125,000 MWh, or nearly 1%, to 16.0 million MWh.
Western United States
All three Western divisions of the United States fell in electricity generation during the week ended September 9, 2016. The Rocky Mountain and Pacific Northwest divisions fell nearly 1% and nearly 4%, respectively, in electricity generation over the previous week.
In the next part of this series, we’ll look at the latest data on coal production.