Study: Energy Consumption to Drop 5 to 15 Percent by 2020
September 27, 2011 11:57 AM
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The conclusions come from a survey of 50 government, academic and industry experts
It's common to walk into stores and see certain appliances with the Energy Star label, meaning these refrigerators and washing machines are energy efficient. Efforts such as this are made to reduce our
, and while the International Energy Outlook 2011 report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts that worldwide energy will increase 53 percent by 2035, two economists say otherwise.
According to a paper written by economists Ahmad Faruqui and Doug Mitarotonda, who work for consulting firm The Brattle Group, the consumption of electricity will decrease 5 to 15 percent by 2020. The conclusions come from a survey of 50 government, academic and industry experts, according to
Faruqui and Mitarotonda say that the drop will occur due to Energy Star appliances, less usage of incandescent light bulbs, incentives that encourage users not to consume as much energy during peak hours (such as tiered pricing and
smart meter technology
), and other programs that raise awareness of people's energy consumption.
"The survey results clearly repudiate the notion that the age of energy efficiency has come to an end," wrote Faruqui and Mitarotonda in the paper. "On the contrary, they herald a new beginning for energy efficiency."
Faruqui and Mitarotonda referred to this age of energy efficiency as integrated demand-side management, or iDSM. This era, according to the economists, encompasses the above-mentioned practices taking place to lessen energy use.
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talk about mixing and matching data to fit the article's slant
9/27/2011 1:04:03 PM
The EIA figures are worldwide energy use and the increase of 53% is over 27 years.
These dudes are talking about a drop of 5 to 15% in US consumption over 9 years.
If you look at the EIA data, most of the increase is happening in non-member nations (think China, India, etc). If you look at the member nations, the increase over this same 9 year period is 6%.
So, a more relevant comment would be:
- While other developed nations are increasing their energy use ~6% by 2020, the US will decrease it's use by 5 to 15% over the same period.
or, Holy cow, look how much energy will be required as the non-developed nations develop.
RE: talk about mixing and matching data to fit the article's slant
9/27/2011 1:14:11 PM
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