EIA sees 32% gain in US energy demand by 2020

Click here to enlarge imageWith a growing economy, US energy demand is projected to increase 32% during 1999-2020, reaching 127 quadrillion btu (quads), assuming no changes in federal laws and regulations.US Energy Information Administration says that faster or slower economic growth-or wider use of energy-efficient and renewable energy sources-could change the forecast.Economy roleEIA's annual energy outlook noted that economic growth is a major determinant of both energy demand and emissions of carbon dioxide, a gas implicated in concerns over possible catastrophic global climate change. Its reference case assumes US gross domestic product will grow 3%/year during 1999-2020.But it...

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