US 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. (From HydroWorld.com)  

 Top 10 Hydropower-Producing 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

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