‘Extraordinary increase’ in global energy demand

Posted: March 27, 2019 by oldbrew in Energy, News
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US coal train [credit: Wikipedia]

In the real world, concerted attempts to instil fear of a supposed man-made climate ’emergency’ seem to be having little effect on the popularity of large-scale fuel-burning.

Energy demand worldwide grew by 2.3 per cent last year – its fastest pace this decade, reports PEI.

And nearly 70 per cent of that demand growth came from China, the US and India.

In fact, according to the International Energy Agency, the US saw its gas consumption jump 10 per cent from the previous year – the fastest increase since the beginning of IEA records in 1971.

“We have seen an extraordinary increase in global energy demand in 2018,” said Dr Fatih Birol, the IEA’s executive director. “Last year can also be considered another golden year for gas, which accounted for almost half the growth in global energy demand.”

Data released yesterday by the IEA revealed that natural gas was 2018’s fuel of choice, posting the biggest gains and accounting for 45 per cent of the rise in energy consumption.

Demand for all fuels increased, with fossil fuels meeting nearly 70 per cent of the growth for the second year running. Solar and wind generation grew at double-digit pace, with solar alone increasing by 31 per cent – but that was not fast enough to meet higher electricity demand around the world that also drove up coal use.

The IEA notes that electricity continues to position itself as the fuel of the future, with global electricity demand growing by 4 per cent in 2018. This rapid growth is pushing electricity towards a 20 per cent share in total final consumption of energy.

Increasing power generation was responsible for half of the growth in primary energy demand.

Full report here.

  1. dai davies says:

    Throughout human history the quality of life has been dependent on the cost of energy whether it was the effort needed to get wood, rear horses etc., or dig coal. Even in the US the hope that current energy insanity may be on the wane is enough to fuel hope. China, India, and Africa are beyond that and booming.

  2. stpaulchuck says:

    I live in Minnesota. We’re spring loaded in the ‘Stupid’ position. They banned any new nukes by law years ago. Now they are fattening up the wallets of their buddies with massive installs of windmills and solar.

    They even propose to go full idiot power by 2030. Although that’ll be like the famous (infamous?) Russian five year plans I expect.

  3. oldbrew says:

    stpaulchuck says: They even propose to go full idiot power by 2030

    Don’t forget to bring in some of these then..

    EIA: Reciprocating gas-fired engines playing growing role in U.S. grid

    More tech stuff: https://www.burnsmcd.com/services/electric-power-generation/fossil-generation/reciprocating-engine-plants