Weekly Observations

  • U.S. electricity consumption in April is tracking about 4% above year ago levels
  • Keying in on this past week, both coal and gas generation increased while wind and solar took a step back (a departure from the y/y trend)
  • Wind in particular has been pretty weak over the past couple of weeks, causing wind generation as a percent of the U.S. supply stack to drop 400bps in the past 30 days to 10%
  • Solar is chipping away at gains in the total U.S. usage gen mix from a small base of 3%, moving meaningfully higher y/y (April tracking +36% y/y)
  • In terms of geo-markets, April electricity demand has been strongest in the Southeast, Midcon, NE/Atlantic and Florida in that order with Florida down y/y and ERCOT up less than 3% y/y
  • Visit the Lium Power Consumption model for interactive forecasts 


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About Lium's Weekly Powershot

This exercise synthesizes data from a wide range of sources in the US power generation market to show how the electricity consumed this week was generated. The weekly snapshot also provides historical context for this week’s power consumption in the US relative to prior periods.

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