Monopoly Area Monday

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Monopoly Area Monday

Here’s a look at national generation to start with:

Natural gas maintained its lead, nuclear (a couple peaks of coal aside) maintained second, and wind and coal swapped third place several times.

And here’s a map to orient you as we move through the traditional utility areas:


Nuclear stayed the top dog in the Carolinas this week. Solar had a brief moment in second place before ceding to natural gas. Coal and solar traded places for third throughout the week.

South Carolina is currently preparing for winter. The Elliott blackouts last Christmas spooked the state, which has seen a population influx put greater demand on its power system. The state needs more generation according to reporting from WLTX 19.

Tennessee Valley Authority

America’s largest public utility relied heavily on nuclear to keep the region humming. Natural gas came in second, and coal in third, save for a few peaks from hydro.

The TVA’s Ocoee Dam No.2 celebrated its 110th birthday this month.


Gas, nuclear, and coal kept the lights on in the Southeast.


Florida saw a giant drop in generation, likely due to a decrease in power demand. Natural gas remained the the main power source throughout.


The Northwest had a typical week. Coal, gas, hydro, and wind all took their time at the top. But when wind plummeted on the 25th, hydro stepped up to maintain reliability.


Natural gas and nuclear provided most of the Southwest’s power this week. Coal, wind, and solar duked it out for third place.

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