Energy demand rose last year in US, along with emissions
By: Ehren Goosens, Energywire- E&E
Published: February 7, 2014
Total demand for electricity in the United States rose last year for the first time since 2010, up 1.4 percent in an increase that also saw the first rise in carbon dioxide emissions in the country since 2010.
According to the "Sustainable Energy in America 2013 Factbook" by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, energy consumption and emissions have been on a downward trend in the United States, spurred by improved energy efficiency and increased natural gas production that reduced reliance on coal. Last year defied that trend, seeing an increase in coal's part of electricity production from 37 percent in 2012 to 39 percent last year.
At the same time, natural gas moved in the opposite direction, with increased prices driving use down 3 points to 28 percent last year. Renewable energies like wind and solar ticked up just 1 point to 13 percent of all electricity generated.
President Obama has promised to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 17 percent from 2005 levels by the end of the decade. According to the report, total electricity use in the United States has gone down 5 percent from 2007, while carbon emissions are down 9.8 percent from 2005 levels (Ehren Goossens, Bloomberg/Fuel Fix, Feb. 6). – BK