Georgia Sees 2% Drop in Residential Energy Use During the Pandemic

Staff Report

Tuesday, October 27th, 2020

Using data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), we looked at the year-over-year changes in energy sales overall and by sector across the country, comparing Q2 2019 to Q2 2020. In addition, we included a breakdown of the main sources of energy generation in the nation, their share with the energy market and any changes during the pandemic.

Here are some key takeaways:

  • Georgia recorded a 9% dip in total energy consumption in Q2 of this year. Every sector was affected: commercial power usage fell by 14%, industrial by 13%, and even residential dropped by 2% compared to Q2 2019, defying the national trend.

  • Nationally, total energy consumption fell 4% between April and June, compared to the same time period last year. The sharpest drop was in the commercial sector, with a decrease of 11% Y-o-Y, while residential consumption saw an increase of 8% Y-o-Y.

  • In terms of sources, natural gas is the most prominent energy source in the country. In the first half of 2020, it contributed to 40% of the energy requirements in the U.S. market.

  • Between April and June 2020, energy from renewable sources made up 23% of the total energy sales, exceeding coal by 7%.

You can read the full report, along with our methodology, here: