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EIA's Electric Power Monthly and Electricity Monthly Update—November 2021

November 24, 2021 - EIA has released the November 2021 Electricity Monthly Update with data for September 2021. The following are some highlights:


  • Daily wholesale electricity prices were highest in the West, reaching $312 per megawatthour (MWh) in the Southwest (Palo Verde) and $300/MWh in the Northwest.


  • Daily peak demand was lower on eight of the nine selected electricity systems in September; California (CAISO) was the only system that recorded a higher daily peak in September than in August.


  • Total U.S. coal stockpiles had a month-over-month decrease of 4.8%, reaching 80 million tons in September 2021. This level is the lowest level of total U.S. coal stockpiles recorded for the month since we began collecting these data on Form EIA-923, Power Plant Operations Report, in 2001.


The report also includes a feature article about how U.S. electricity customers experienced an average of eight hours of power interruptions in 2020.

For more information, you can view the full Electricity Monthly Update report.


We have released the November 2021 Electric Power Monthly with data for September 2021. The following are some highlights:


  • Net generation in the United States rose 4.4% from the September 2020 level.

  • Consumption of natural gas for power generation was down 1.9% compared with September 2020.

  • The average residential retail price of electricity was up 5.2% from the September 2020 level. 

For more information, you can view the full Electric Power Monthly report.