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U.S. electricity use change due to Covid-19 impact by business type 2020

Power consumption has changed in the United States during the coronavirus pandemic, as it generally relates to human activity. Car dealerships and dry cleaning have both experienced an over 60 percent drop in electricity use in March 2020, compared to pizza businesses that have consumed 20 percent more.

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Percentage change in electricity consumption due to coronavirus (Covid-19) in the United States in March 2020, by select sector*

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Release date

April 2020


United States

Survey time period

March 2020

Supplementary notes

* Between the first and fourth weeks of March. Weighted average across four power grids covering Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, Texas, Midwest, and California.

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