Electricity use to increase 53 percent, renewables to grow globally by 2035

A new report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) says worldwide energy consumption will increase by 53 percent between 2008 and 2035.

The International Energy Outlook 2011 (IEO2011) released September 19 says China and India will lead the growth in world demand for energy in the future. The report also says renewable energy is projected to be the fastest growing source of primary energy over the next 25 years. Even so, fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas will remain the dominant source of energy. In 2035, China’s energy demand is projected to be 68 percent higher than U.S. energy demand.

Renewable energy is expected to increase by 2.8 percent each year and the renewable share of total energy use is forecast to rise from 10 percent in 2008 to 15 percent in 2035, the report says. However, fossil fuels will still account for 78 percent of world energy use in 2035.

Natural gas is expected to grow the fastest in the projection period with a 1.6 percent increase worldwide, from 111 trillion cubic feet in 2008 to 169 trillion cubic feet in 2035. Unconventional natural gas supplies, including shale gas, are projected to increase in the Reference case from the U.S. but also from Canada and China.

The report says world coal consumption will increase from 139 quadrillion Btu in 2008 to 209 quadrillion Btu in 2035, at an average annual rate of 1.5 percent in the Reference case. In the absence of policies or legislation that would limit the growth of coal use, China and, to a lesser extent, India and other nations of non-OECD Asia consume coal in place of more expensive fuels.

Electricity is the world's fastest-growing form of end-use energy consumption in the Reference case. Net electricity generation worldwide rises by 2.3 percent per year on average from 2008 to 2035. Renewables are the fastest growing source of new electricity generation, increasing by 3 percent and outpacing the average annual increases for natural gas (2.6 percent), nuclear power (2.4 percent), and coal (1.9 percent).

In the IEO2011 Reference case, energy-related carbon dioxide emissions increase from 30.2 billion metric tons in 2008 to 43.2 billion metric tons in 2035, an increase of 43 percent. Much of the increase in carbon dioxide emissions is projected to occur among the developing nations of the world, especially in Asia.

Read more business news

Sponsored by FLSmidth

Related Articles

 MS Power coal-to-gas conversion nearly complete

MS Power coal-to-gas conversion nearly complete

A coal-to-gas conversion project at a power plant operated by Mississippi Power is nearly complete.

 Toshiba steam generator in operations at Kemper IGCC power plant

Toshiba steam generator in operations at Kemper IGCC power plant

A Toshiba steam turbine is now operational at the Kemper county Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle Plant in Mississippi.

Follow Power Engineering on Twitter
Latest News

NRC proposes $17,500 penalty against Kewaunee nuclear power plant

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) proposed a $17,500 fine against Dominion Energy ...

Turkey-Japan nuclear power plant agreement approved

An international agreement to build a second nuclear power plant in Turkey was accepted by Pa...

Groups oppose call by New Mexico utility for higher rates

A proposal by New Mexico's largest electric provider to raise its rates is running into oppos...

NH Electric Co-op, Liberty customers to see rate decrease

PLYMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire Electric Cooperative and Liberty Utilities say customers ...

DOE, US Army Corps extends MOU for Hydropower

The Departments of Interior, the Department of Energy (DOE), and the U.S. Army Corps of Engin...

Atlantic Power Corp. to sell wind energy portfolio for $350mn

Atlantic Power Corp. (NYSE: AT) signed an agreement to sell its wind generation portfolio to ...

General Compression, SustainX to merge as GCX Energy Storage

General Compression and SustainX, both fuel-free compressed air energy storage (CAES) technol...

Alliant subsidiary advances emissions projects at Iowa coal plants

Interstate Power and Light (IPL), which is a subsidiary of Alliant Energy (NYSE: LNT), told t...

Power Engineering Current Issue

02/01/2015
Volume 119, Issue 2
1502PE-cover
Products Showcase
Dynamic Fluoride Ion cleaning DFIC of industrial natural gas turbines Hi-Tech Furnace Systems

Dynamic Fluoride Ion Cleaning of IGT Parts

The Dynamic Fluoride Ion Cleaning (DFIC) Process from Hi-Tech Furnace Systems is able to clean deep, narrow cracks of oxides by cycling between negative, atmospheric, and positive pressure.

Archived Articles

2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015

Power Industry Wire News

Magnum Hunter Resources Declares Monthly Cash Dividend on Series C Preferred Stock, Series D Preferred Stock and Series E Preferred Stock

Magnum Hunter Resources Declares Monthly Cash Dividend on Series C Preferred Stock, Ser...

Totally Green Reports 2014 Full Year Results

Totally Green Reports 2014 Full Year Results

OKI Data Americas Introduces the MC873dn -- a New Smart, Compact, Wide Format A3 Color Multifunction Device for Small to Mid-Sized Workgroups

OKI Data Americas Introduces the MC873dn -- a New Smart, Compact, Wide Format A3 Color ...

Vega Biofuels Sets Date for Shareholder Conference Call

Vega Biofuels Sets Date for Shareholder Conference Call

Blue Earth Announces Sumter CHP Plant Energized on March 30, 2015

Blue Earth Announces Sumter CHP Plant Energized on March 30, 2015

Power Engineering

Article Archives for Power Engineering Magazine

Continuing Education

Professional Development Hours

To access a course listing associated to a specific topic listed below, click on the topic of choice from the list below.

Latest Energy Jobs

View more Job Listings >>