U.S. hydropower consumption increases 4 percent

Hydropower consumption in the United States increased 4 percent for the first eight months of 2009 when compared with the same period in 2008, according to a report issued by the Energy Information Administration, the statistical arm of the U.S. Department of Energy.

Americans consumed more than 188 million MWh of hydropower through August, up from about 181 million MWh last year, according to Electric Power Monthly.

In Washington and Oregon, the top hydropower-producing states, consumption decreased slightly. Washington consumed 54.1 million MWh for the first eight months of 2009, down from 57.3 million MWh in 2008. Oregon consumed 23.6 million MWh, down from 23.9 MWh last year.

Alabama recorded the biggest increase, 54.6 percent. Kentucky, with a 52.1 percent increase, recorded the second-biggest jump in hydropower consumption.

During the first seven months of 2009, hydropower consumption in the United States was up 5.1 percent compared with last year. (HyrdoWorld 10/23/09).

Top 10 hydropower-consuming states, January-August (Thousand MWh)
State                 2009            2008          Percent Change
Washington     54, 104        57, 284      -5.6
Oregon             23, 579        23, 932      -1.5
California         20, 760        15, 182      36.7
New York         18, 808        18, 019      4.4
Idaho                  7, 557          7, 320       3.2
Montana            6, 507           7, 085       -8.1
Alabama            6, 279          4, 062       54.6
Tennessee       5, 604          4, 051       38.3
Arizona              4, 587           5, 286       -13.2
N.C.                   3, 011           2, 339        28.7

Source: Energy Information Administration

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U.S. hydropower consumption increases 5.1 percent

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, after three years of below-average generation because of drought.

Top 10 hydropower-consuming states, January-July (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: Energy Information Administration