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Hurricane Matthew caused millions of customers to go without power

“Hurricane Matthew resulted in temporary electricity outages for millions of customers along the southern Atlantic Coast. Matthew was a Category 3 hurricane when it hit the east coast of Florida, just north of the St. Lucie Nuclear Plant, on Thursday, October 6. The hurricane traveled north along the Florida coastline, and by Saturday, October 8, it had reached South Carolina and continued its track along the coastlines of North Carolina and southeastern Virginia before heading out to sea.” (via eia.gov) Keep reading >>

Winter heating bills likely to increase, but still remain below recent winters

“Most U.S. households can expect higher heating expenditures this winter (October through March) compared to last winter, according to EIA’s Winter Fuels Outlook. Winter heating expenditures for most fuels were especially low last winter, when energy prices were relatively low and warm weather reduced heating demand to the lowest level nationally in at least 25 years. Although expenditures for nonelectric fuels are expected to be higher than last winter, expenditures are comparable to or lower than the average winters from 2010–11 through 2014–15. By comparison, electric heating prices and expenditures are expected to remain relatively stable.” (via eia.gov) Keep reading >>

Office buildings with data centers use significantly more electricity than other offices

“Data from the most recent Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) show that office buildings with data centers have significantly higher computing, cooling, and total electricity intensity (consumption per square foot) than office buildings without data centers.” (via eia.gov) Keep reading >>

Monthly U.S. renewable electricity generation in 2016 surpasses previous years

“Renewable electricity generation has surpassed levels from previous years in every month so far this year, based on data through June. Both hydroelectric and nonhydroelectric renewables have contributed to this trend, but in different ways. After a lengthy West Coast drought, hydro generation has increased and is now closer to historical levels. Nonhydro renewable generation continues to increase year-over-year and has exceeded hydro generation in each month since February 2016.” (via eia.gov) Keep reading >>

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