Energy use fluctuates dramatically in Michigan during first months of pandemic
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.