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Posted February 21, 2020 Today in Energy

Hourly electricity consumption varies throughout the day and across seasons ›

The electricity consumed in a given period (often referred to as electricity load) varies throughout the year in somewhat predictable patterns. Total U.S. hourly electricity load is generally highest in the summer months when demand peaks in the afternoon as households and businesses are using air conditioning on hot days. During the winter months, hourly electricity load is less variable but peaks in both the morning and the evening. Load is generally lowest in the spring and autumn when homes and businesses have less need for space heating or cooling. More

average hourly U.S. electricity load during typical week

Source: EIA, U.S. Hourly Electric Grid Monitor

Data Highlights

WTI crude oil futures price

2/20/2020: $53.78/barrel

up$2.36 from week earlier
down$3.14 from year earlier

Natural gas futures price

2/20/2020: $1.920/MMBtu

up$0.094 from week earlier
down$0.716 from year earlier

Weekly coal production

2/15/2020: 11.415 million tons

down0.359 million tons from week earlier
down3.132 million tons from year earlier

Natural gas inventories

2/14/2020: 2,343 Bcf

down151 Bcf from week earlier
up613 Bcf from year earlier

Crude oil inventories

2/14/2020: 442.9 million barrels

up0.4 million barrels from week earlier
down11.6 million barrels from year earlier