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A Look at Electricity Generation by Region

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Dec. 4 2020, Updated 10:53 a.m. ET

Electricity generation by region

As we saw previously in this series, electricity generation in the United States came in at 72.7 million MWh (megawatt-hours) in the week ended October 7, 2016. Electricity generation in the majority of the census regions in the United States remained nearly flat during the week.

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Eastern US

The New England division saw a marginal 5,000 MWh increase in electricity generation to about 2.1 million MWh during the week ended October 7, 2016. The Mid-Atlantic division saw a 1% drop in electricity generation to about 7.3 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. The electricity generation from this region remained nearly unchanged on a week-over-week basis. Some of the largest utilities like NextEra Energy (NEE) and Southern Company (SO) operate there.

Central US

The Central Industrial region saw nearly a 2% increase in electricity generation on a week-over-week basis to 11.3 million MWh.

However, electricity generation for the West Central division remained nearly flat on a week-over-week basis. In the South Central division, electricity generation saw a 5% increase on a week-over-week basis to about 13.9 million MWh.

Western US

Two of the three Western divisions saw a decrease in electricity generation during the week ended October 7. The Pacific Southwest division saw a significant 15% decrease in electricity generation. Southern California Edison (EIX) and Pacific Gas & Electric (PCG) operate in the Pacific Southwest.

The Rocky Mountain division saw a fall of nearly 5% in electricity generation over the previous week. In contrast, electricity generation in the Pacific Northwest rose marginally by 1% to 2.6 million MWh.

In the next part of this series, we’ll look at the latest data on coal production.

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