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Recently, Scana, a major utility in south Carolina, announced that it was suspending construction at two nuclear power plants.Part of the problem is that the cost of completing the project has risen sharply.But an equally important reason is that demand for electricity did not increase the planners' expectations when it was first proposed in 2008.That's not surprising.A new report says demand for electricity across the United States is down from what it was a decade ago.
The startling discovery seems counterintuitive, given in the past few decades, an increase in the number of digital equipment, appliances and American families but in flat TV -- and move to smaller devices, many of our entertainment TV, laptop, tablet and smart phone - means that the total power is even less by the number of power project has greatly increased the use efficiency -- particularly significant progress.& have spentOverall, residential electricity sales fell 3%, from 2010 to 2016, according to the U.S. energy information administration (eia), at 7%.
Americans watch less TV and prefer laptops and tablets.Smartphones, which use very little power, are also on the rise.Although people spend more time on the Internet, they use Chromebooks and tablets more frequently, both of which use dinosaurs that use less space than in our living room.Energy star - rated appliances are another area where we rely on cooling, washing and drying clothes for less than their predecessors.
The EIA says that as americans use more and more digital devices that need to be plugged in, residential energy use is likely to increase over the next few years.The discovery of the agency did not resolve Google, Amazon, apple, facebook and other big Internet companies energy needed for the operation of cloud computing center, because it was seen as a commercial and residential use.However, many companies are now using renewable energy to meet their electricity needs rather than relying on traditional grids.
One factor that the EIA does not involve is the power demand for electric vehicles to be recharged in the future.Some scaremongering forecasts, electric cars overload the grid, causing it to fail.These issues are usually funded by the Koch brothers, exxon, etc.
With the opening of the electric car revolution, the overall demand for electricity will increase, but the good news is that utilities are increasingly turned to renewable energy sources such as solar and wind energy, in order to meet the needs of customers in the future.