The EPIC Energy Blog

The primary source of energy in the United States has only changed three times in the nation’s history. The U.S. relied largely on wood for cooking and heating until nearly the turn of the twentieth century when coal became the primary energy source in a rapidly industrializing and urbanizing American society. As cars became the dominate mode of transportation, petroleum became and still remains the primary source of energy consumption in the U.S.

While it seems unlikely that the advent of a new major technological application will radically shift our energy consumption habits in the near future, predicting how energy consumption will change in the coming years poses a challenging question.

In fact the only generally agreed upon trend is that energy demand will continue to increase. Historically, energy consumption has been closely correlated with population. In the first 200 years of U.S. history, energy consumption increased an average of 3% per year, as compared with a 2.2% annual population growth rate. However, due to…

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