2017 Congressional Testimony

Responding to energy disruptions pdf
Subject:EIA, energy markets
Presented by:John J. Conti, Acting Administrator
Presented to: Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Energy and Power
Washington, DC—November 2, 2017

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

graph of Montana drought status, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture Drought Monitor

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. Since peaking in September, the drought has receded, and hydropower generation in the state has recovered to levels consistent with previous years.

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