US, worldwide energy demand growth rates to slow in 2011

Marilyn RadlerSenior Editor-EconomicsLaura BellStatistics EditorThe US economy and energy demand will strengthen in 2011, but persistently high unemployment will limit the growth of each.Total demand for energy in the US will climb 1% this year, according to Oil & Gas Journal's annual Forecast & Review. Preliminary data indicate a 3% increase in US energy consumption in 2010.Demand for oil, nuclear energy, hydroelectric power, and other renewable forms of energy will be up as demand for natural gas inches up and coal demand is flat.This forecast assumes warmer-than-normal winter weather across much of the southern half of the US, affecting weather-sensitive demand for gas and coal...

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