Electricity demand growth continuing at 1995 levels
In 1996, total electricity demand is expected to continue to grow at close to the 1995 rate of more than 2 percent, according to the latest predictions from the Energy Information Administration (EIA). This is due mainly to continuing economic growth and the weather-related demand in the first half of the year. In 1997, demand growth is expected to slow due to expectations of relatively slower economic growth and normal weather. EIA also predicted an increase in coal use by electric utilities for 1996, resulting from weather-related increases in electricity demand in the first half of the year. Coal use by electric utilities is expected to grow by 2.6 percent. In 1997, utility coal use is expected to be somewhat below the 1996 level due to normal weather.