Saturday, March 26, 2022

U.S. EIA Annual Energy Outlook 2022 - Renewables Fastest Growing Energy; Falling Costs Means Robust Competition With Natural Gas; Electricity Fastest Growing Energy Source In Buildings

Here are some key takeaways from the U.S. Energy Information Agency’s
2022 Annual Energy Outlook--

-- Petroleum and natural gas remain the most-consumed sources of energy in the United States through 2050, but renewable energy is the fastest growing

     -- Motor gasoline remains the most prevalent transportation fuel despite electric vehicles gaining market share

     -- Energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions dip through 2035 before climbing later in the projection years

     -- Energy consumption increases through 2050 as population and economic growth outweighs efficiency gains

     -- Electricity continues to be the fastest-growing energy source in buildings, with renewables and natural gas providing most of the incremental electricity supply

-- Wind and solar incentives, along with falling technology costs, support robust competition with natural gas for electricity generation, while the shares of coal and nuclear power decrease in the U.S. electricity mix

     -- Electricity demand grows slowly across the projection period, which increases competition among fuels

     -- Renewable electricity generation increases more rapidly than overall electricity demand through 2050

     -- Battery storage complements growth in renewables generation and reduces natural gas-fired and oil-fired generation during peak hours

     -- As coal and nuclear generating capacity retire, new capacity additions come largely from wind and solar technologies

-- U.S. crude oil production reaches record highs, while natural gas production is increasingly driven by natural gas exports

     -- U.S. production of natural gas and petroleum and other liquids rises amid growing demand for exports and industrial uses

     -- Driven by rising prices, U.S. crude oil production in the Reference case returns to pre-pandemic levels in 2023 and stabilizes over the long term

     -- Refinery closures lower domestic crude oil distillation operating capacity, but refinery utilization rates remain flat over the long term

     -- Consumption of renewable diesel increases as a share of the domestic fuel mix

Visit the U.S. Energy Information Agency’s 2022 Annual Energy Outlook webpage for lots more detail.

Resource Links:

-- EIA Projects U.S. Energy Consumption Will Grow Thru 2050, Outpacing Energy Efficiency Gains

-- EIA Projects Petroleum And Natural Gas Are Most-Used Fuels In U.S. Thru 2050

-- EIA Projects U.S. Natural Gas Production To Rise As Demand For Exports Grow

-- EIA Projects Renewable Generation Will Supply 44% Of U.S. Electricity By 2050

-- EIA Projects U.S. Renewable Diesel Supply To Surpass Biodiesel

[Posted: March 26, 2022]  PA Environment Digest

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