22 states experience drop in electricity use amid pandemic

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HOUSTON (CW39) The Commercial Café blog conducted an energy consumption study that aimed to see how the pandemic and lockdowns influenced our energy consumption habits over the past year.

Using data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), Commercial Café examined the evolution of annual energy sales in the United States between 2019 and 2020. They also included data on the main sources of energy.

Highlights of the study include total energy consumption for Texas in 2020 and details on how it fell 5% from 2019. Commercial and industrial consumption fell 3% and 10% , respectively. The residential sector fell by 1%.

In comparison, nationally, overall energy consumption decreased by 4%. The industrial sector saw the largest decline (8% year-on-year, close to 2009 levels), commercial fell 6%, while residential increased 2%. If we look at the last decade (2010-2020), Texas has seen an overall increase in energy consumption of 14%, the largest among major energy consuming states.

In terms of energy sources, the nationwide details show that there has been a sustained decline in the use of coal energy over the past decade. In 2010, 45% of all energy produced in the United States was based on coal, and this share was 19% in 2020. Natural gas and renewable energy sources have almost doubled their share. Natural gas is currently the most important source of energy in the country, 40% of the country’s total electricity production. Renewable sources have overtaken coal.

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