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With Data for February 2015  |  Release Date: April 27, 2015  |  Next Release Date: May 26, 2015

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Highlights: February 2015

  • Extreme temperature variations were present from East to West across the country, with cold weather causing high demand levels in the East, while warm weather caused low demand levels in the West.
  • The natural gas price for New York City (Transco Zone 6 NY) saw a significant increase in price from the previous month, going from $8.66/MMBtu in January 2015 to $15.40/MMBtu in February 2015.
  • Hawaii's average revenues per kilowatthour has fallen over 20% since September, in conjunction with a large drop in world oil prices.

Key Indicators

  February 2015 % Change from February 2014
Total Net Generation
(Thousand MWh)
334,851 3.3%
Residential Retail Price
12.29 3.1%
Retail Sales
(Thousand MWh)
304,229 -0.6%
Heating Degree-Days 883 8.9%
Natural Gas Price, Henry Hub
2.91 -51.7%
Natural Gas Consumption
674,793 17.0%
Coal Consumption
(Thousand Tons)
67,181 -11.9%
Coal Stocks
(Thousand Tons)
150,322 25.4%
Nuclear Generation
(Thousand MWh)
63,462 1.3%

The number of electric smart meters operating in two-way mode has surpassed the number of one-way smart meters

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Annual Electric Power Industry Report (Form EIA-861)

In 2013 for the first time, the number of electric meters operating as two-way smart meters surpassed the number of electric meters operating as one-way meters. One-way or AMR (automated meter reading) meters allow utilities to automatically read customers' meters for billing. Two-way or AMI (advanced metering infrastructure) meters allow utilities and customers to interact to support smart consumption applications. By the end of 2013, there were 51.9 million meters operating in AMI mode and 48.7 million meters operating in AMR mode. The number of meters in the U.S. operating as AMI meters increased by 8,759,319. The net gain in AMR meters was 405,716. Overall, 35.5 percent of all U.S. electrical customers have smart meters, which is a 20 percent increase over the 2012 penetration rate of 29.7 percent.

The deployment and use of AMI and AMR meters vary greatly by state. Only 5 states had an AMI penetration rate above 80 percent. High penetration rates are seen in northern New England, Western states, Georgia and Texas. California added the most AMI meters of any state in 2013 with 1.8 million new meters, an 18 percent increase over 2012.

There were 6 states with AMR penetration rates above 80 percent with Rhode Island the leader at 95 percent. The highest penetration rates are in the Rocky Mountain, Upper Plains and Southern Atlantic states. New York added nearly 540,000 AMR meters in 2013. Pennsylvania lost 580,000 AMR meters, but gained almost 620,000 AMI meters. It is likely that utilities switched many AMR meters to operate as AMI meters.

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Annual Electric Power Industry Report (Form EIA-861)

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Annual Electric Power Industry Report (Form EIA-861)

Utility type Total customers AMI meters AMR meters AMI penetration rate (%) AMR penetration rate (%)
Investor-owned 106,477,972 38,856,749 34,517,067 36.5 32.4
Cooperative 18,881,923 8,564,797 7,774,317 45.4 41.2
Municipality 16,180,915 2,638,935 5,253,854 16.3 32.5
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Annual Electric Power Industry Report (Form EIA-861)

Among the three primary types of electric utilities, investor-owned utilities operate the most smart meters, both AMI and AMR. However, Cooperative utilities have higher smart meter penetration rates. For both of these types of utilities, AMI operated meters are leading AMR operated meters. For municipal utilities, the penetration rate for AMR meters is double that for AMI meters.

Principal Contributor:

Marc Harnish

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