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Hydroelectric generation in Montana recovers from last summer’s flash drought

U.S. Energy Information Administration ---------- Montana experienced exceptionally hot and dry conditions last summer, which resulted in wildfires and a flash drought—an unpredictable drought that intensified very quickly. As a result, the hydropower share of the state’s electricity generation dropped below normal levels. Since peaking in September, the drought has receded, and hydropower generation in the state has recovered to levels consistent with previous years. The drought began in the eastern part of the state in mid-May, with the state declaring a drought emergency in 20 counties. After intensifying for several months, the drought peaked in mid-September. At its peak, half of the state was classified in the two most severe drought categories in the Department of Agriculture’s U.S. Drought Monitor—exceptional drought or extreme drought. To learn more click on the picture below to read the article.

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