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Posted January 19, 2018 Today in Energy

Hydroelectric generation in Montana recovers from last summer’s flash drought ›

Montana experienced exceptionally hot and dry conditions last summer, which resulted in wildfires and a flash drought—an unpredictable drought that intensified very quickly. As a result, the hydropower share of the state’s electricity generation dropped below normal levels. More

graph of montana weekly drought status, as explained in the article text

Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture Drought Monitor

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1/17/2018: $63.97/barrel

up$0.40 from week earlier
up$11.49 from year earlier

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1/17/2018: $3.232/MMBtu

up$0.326 from week earlier
down$0.180 from year earlier

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1/13/2018: 13.472 million tons

up1.407 million tons from week earlier
down1.990 million tons from year earlier

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1/12/2018: 2,584 Bcf

down183 Bcf from week earlier
down368 Bcf from year earlier

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1/12/2018: 412.7 million barrels

down6.9 million barrels from week earlier
down72.8 million barrels from year earlier

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