Growth in Energy Use Could Drop 22 Percent by 2030 Under Right Conditions in the U.S.
With the help from efficiency programs, energy users in the U.S. could reduce the growth rate of consumption by 22 percent in the next 20 years.
A report released by the Electric Power Research Institute said the estimated reduction is a realistic expection provided that "key barriers" are addressed.
The estimated savings reflects a slowing of the annual growth rate of consumption -- projected at 1.07 percent by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) in its 2008 Annual Energy Outlook -- to 0.83 percent, EPRI said.
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