U.S. Electricity Generation and Sales
Set New Records in 2007
Jan 21, 2009 - Energy Information
Electricity generation and electricity sales reached
record levels in 2007, according to Electric Power
Annual 2007, released today by the Energy Information
Administration. Following a year of relatively weak
growth in 2006, net generation of electric power increased
by 2.3 percent, rising to 4,157 million megawatthours
and retail sales rose by 2.6 percent to 3,765 million
megawatthours in 2007.
Continued economic growth in 2007, combined with
changes in winter and summer temperatures relative
to 2006 that added to electricity use for space heating
and cooling requirements, contributed to the increase
in electricity sales.
* For the first time, non-hydroelectric renewable
energy, led by wind power, was the leading source
of new electric generating capacity.
* The U.S. average retail price for electricity increased
by 2.6 percent to 9.1 cents per kilowatthour. The
East North Central Census Division experienced the
largest average price increase at 7 percent, while
the New England Census Division average price increased
by 4 percent.
* Carbon dioxide emissions from conventional electric
generation and combined heat and power plants increased
by 2.3 percent in 2007. Meanwhile, estimated emissions
of nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide continued to
decline. Nitrogen oxides emissions dropped by 3.9
percent, and sulfur dioxide emissions decreased by
* Drought conditions prevailed in the West and Southeast,
contributing to a 14.4 percent year-over-year decline
in conventional hydroelectric generation.
* Net generation at nuclear plants increased slightly
in 2007 to 806 million megawatthours, despite a small
decline in net summer capacity. The average capacity
factor for the nuclear generating fleet was 91.8 percent,
an all-time high.
* End-of-year coal stocks for 2007 increased 7.3
percent from 141 million tons to 151 million tons.
The build in coal stocks in 2007 was considerably
less than the 39 percent increase that occurred in
Electric Power Annual 2007 is on EIA's web
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