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Energy use fluctuates dramatically in Michigan during first months of pandemic

Lester Graham
Michigan Radio

A new report found Michigan’s energy use changed dramatically during the first few months of the pandemic.

In the second quarter electricity use dropped by 32% in the industrial sector compared to the same time period last year. That's the biggest drop in the country.

That’s according to a new report compiled by CommercialCafe, a commercial real estate platform.

In the commercial sector which includes retail stores and office buildings, energy use went down by 12%.

There was one sector where energy use jumped in Michigan. Residential electricity consumption increased by 21%. That was the biggest increase in the nation, matched only by Arizona.

The report also noted that nationally, total energy consumption fell 4% between April and June, compared to the same time period last year.

The sharpest drop across the U.S. was in the commercial sector, with a decrease of 11% year over year. Residential consumption saw an increase of 8% nationally.

Some states such as California, Colorado, Nebraska, and Iowa saw little difference in energy consumption levels.

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Lester Graham reports for The Environment Report. He has reported on public policy, politics, and issues regarding race and gender inequity. He was previously with The Environment Report at Michigan Public from 1998-2010.
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