America’s energy use plummets as shutdowns cause power consumption to fall

POWERGRID.NEWS | A report from the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) shows that U.S. power output in the first week of April was 64,896-gigawatt hours, 5.7 percent lower than in 2019, and the lowest that the nation has seen since 2004. The report follows the release of the Energy Information Administration‘s (EIA) new short-term energy outlook (STEO) report, which anticipates that the reductions in power generation and consumption will continue for several months as shutdown orders and other social distancing measures remain in place.


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