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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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