U.S. Hydropower Consumption Increases 5.1 Percent

23/10/2009 at 5:14 pm Leave a comment

During the first seven months of 2009, hydropower consumption in the United States was up 5.1 percent compared with the same period in 2008, according to a report by the Energy Information Administration, the statistical arm of the U.S. Department of Energy.


Americans consumed more than 169 million MWh of hydropower through July, up from 161 million MWh last year, according to Electric Power Monthly.

In the largest hydropower-producing states – Washington and Oregon – consumption was down slightly. Washington consumed 49.5 million MWh of hydropower during the first seven months of 2009, down from 51.8 million MWh in 2008. Oregon consumed 22 million MWh, down from 22.2 million MWh last year.

In California, however, hydropower consumption jumped 42.1 percent compared with last year. Alabama recorded the biggest increase, 60.9 percent.

Top 10 hydropower-consuming states (Thousand MWh)
State 2009 2008 Percent Change
Washington         49,494       51,872                -4.6
Oregon                  22,061       22,204               -0.6
California               17,826       12,545               42.1
New York              16,527        15,833               4.4
Idaho                        6,560          6,269                4.6
Montana                 5,832          6,193                -5.8
Alabama                 5,783          3,593                60.9
Tennessee              4,914          3,415                 43.9
Arizona                   4,019          4,629                -13.2
N.C.                          2,718          2,018                 34.7

Source: http://www.hydroworld.com/index/display/article-display/7666386356/articles/hrhrw/News-2/2009/10/u_s_-hydropower_consumption.html

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