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Is Energy Efficiency Finally Reducing the Use of Electricity?

posted Feb 27, 2014, 11:35 AM by Frederick Schuchardt   [ updated Feb 27, 2014, 11:35 AM ]

Is Energy Efficiency Finally Reducing the Use of Electricity?

Scientific American— February 27th, 2014

For most of the past century, electricity sales and economic activity have fluctuated in tandem. This was certainly true in 2008, when an economic recession saw sales dip sharply after reaching a historic high the year before.

Since then, however, the trajectories of economics and electricity appear to have diverged. While the U.S. gross domestic product has crawled steadily back to pre-recession levels, electricity sales experienced a brief lift only to fall again over the past two years.

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