April 9, 2014
What the Energy Revolution Doesn’t Look Like

When I started writing about energy in 2007, it seemed like a revolution was on the way! Concern about climate change seemed to be growing and the cost of wind and solar power were declining. 

Fast forward six years, and no revolution has come. Instead, the US energy system looks remarkably like it did in 2008. Overall energy usage has declined a bit—thanks, prolonged economic downturn!— but the energy services we get have actually declined more. That is to say, the efficiency of the system has gone down. 
Notably: We’re burning some natural gas instead of some coal for generating electricity, solar and wind have grown a bit, and petroleum use has fallen a smidge.
Read more. [Image: Reuters]

What the Energy Revolution Doesn’t Look Like

When I started writing about energy in 2007, it seemed like a revolution was on the way! Concern about climate change seemed to be growing and the cost of wind and solar power were declining. 

Fast forward six years, and no revolution has come. Instead, the US energy system looks remarkably like it did in 2008. Overall energy usage has declined a bit—thanks, prolonged economic downturn!— but the energy services we get have actually declined more. That is to say, the efficiency of the system has gone down. 

Notably: We’re burning some natural gas instead of some coal for generating electricity, solar and wind have grown a bit, and petroleum use has fallen a smidge.

Read more. [Image: Reuters]

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