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EIA Updates Regional U.S. Reports on Appliance Use
DOE's Energy Information Administration (EIA) completed on January 27th an update of nine regional reports on the use of appliances in the United States. The EIA's "Appliance Reports" are brief statistical reports in which long-term U.S. trends in the use of air-conditioning units and about two dozen appliances are compared with the trends in each U.S. Census Division. The Pacific region, for instance, uses less air conditioning than the rest of the country, and the Southeast (the South Atlantic and East South Central regions) relies more on electricity and less on natural gas than the United States as a whole. The latest update incorporates data from a survey performed in 2001. See the EIA's Appliance Reports.
The reliance on electricity in the Southeast is one reason why a cold snap in late January brought record electricity use to many of those states. The Tennessee Valley Authority, the North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation (NCEMC) and Progress Energy Florida all experienced record power demands on January 24th. See the press releases from TVA, NCEMC, and Progress Energy.