Slim 2006 US energy demand growth projected

A healthy US economy will bring limited growth to energy demand in 2006, as crude oil, natural gas, and petroleum product prices ease from record-setting highs.Demand for most sources of energy will grow, with the exception of renewable energy, following a year in which energy demand was little changed.Oil product demand growth, which was nil in 2005, will be small at less than 2%, and natural gas demand will grow by an even smaller rate.US crude and condensate production, which suffered after a record-setting and destructive Atlantic hurricane season, will not fully rebound to 2004 levels, and imports will increase again this year. Click here to enlarge imageSimilarly, natural gas produ...

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