US Hydropower Consumption Increases 4%

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. (From


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