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After rising for 100 years, electricity demand is flat. Utilities are freaking out.

After rising for 100 years, electricity demand is flat. Utilities are freaking out.

This is the best article explaining what’s happening with the utilities in Massachusetts that I’ve read yet. All the dynamics we’ve been seeing now make sense to me. I recommend it strongly!

The US electricity sector is in a period of unprecedented change and turmoil. Renewable energy prices are falling like crazy. Natural gas production continues its extraordinary surge. Coal, the golden child of the current administration, is headed down the tubes.

In all that bedlam, it’s easy to lose sight of an equally important (if less sexy) trend: Demand for electricity is stagnant.

Thanks to a combination of greater energy efficiency, outsourcing of heavy industry, and customers generating their own power on site, demand for utility power has been flat for 10 years, and most forecasts expect it to stay that way. The die was cast around 1998, when GDP growth and electricity demand growth became “decoupled”:

Read the rest here:
https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2018/2/27/17052488/electricity-demand-utilities

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Municipal Sustainability Checklist

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