U.S. Power Use Continues Rise

It is expected that power usage in the United States rose 3% in 2021, as compared to a coronavirus-depressed 11-year low in usage in 2020, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

The EIA projected in late 2021 that power demand would climb to 3,921 billion kilowatt-hours in 2021 and then to 3,942 billion kWh in 2022. Part of that increase is a record high 1,490 billion kWh for residential consumers, as ongoing COVID-19 concerns keep people working from home.