REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstU.S. power consumption will rise 2.0% this year as state and local governments ease coronavirus lockdowns, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said in its Short Term Energy Outlook (STEO) on Tuesday.
EIA projected power demand will rise to 3,879 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) in 2021 and 3,935 billion kWh in 2022 from a coronavirus-depressed 11-year low of 3,802 billion kWh in 2020.
That compares with an all-time high of 4,003 billion kWh in 2018.
EIA projected 2021 power sales would rise to 1,503 billion kWh for residential consumers, which would be a record as continuing lockdowns cause more people to work from home, 1,294 billion kWh for commercial customers and 945 billion kWh for industrials.
That compares with all-time highs of 1,469 billion kWh in 2018 for residential consumers, 1,382 billion kWh in 2018 for commercial customers and 1,064 billion kWh in 2000 for industrials.
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