EIA Forecasts U.S. Renewables to Grow 1.8 Percent Annually

The forecast consumption of coal, nuclear and renewables have been increased from earlier predictions, while petroleum and natural gas consumption are lower.

Published: 17-Dec-2005

WASHINGTON, DC, US, December 14, 2005  Consumption of renewable energy in the United States will increase by 1.8% a year over the next quarter-century, according to the latest forecast from the Department of Energy.

A total of 9.02 quadrillion Btu (quad) of renewables will be consumed by 2030, compared with 5.70 quads in 2003, says DOE’s Energy Information Administration in its ‘Annual Energy Outlook 2006.’ That will be 6.7% of the country’s total energy consumption of 134 quads in 2030, led by oil at 54 quad (annual increase of 1.1%), natural gas at 28 quad (0.7%), coal at 34 quad (1.7%), nuclear at 9.09 quad (0.4%) and other sources at 0.05 quad.

Primary energy production will be led by coal at 34 quad, dry natural gas at 21, oil at 12, with renewables and nuclear both at 9 quad by 2030, out of a national production total of 89 quad. Emissions of CO2 will be increased to 8,115 Mt by 2030 from 5,815 Mt in 2004, an annual increase of 1.2%.


The United States accounts for 2,544 MW of total installed capacity and 1,914 MW of operation, and the difference is due to a lack of steam due to over-exploitation of the Geysers field in California.

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