WSJ article reports on the mystery of Electricity Demand not growing the way the industry expects.
Electric Utilities Get No Jolt From Gadgets, Improving Economy
Electricity Sales Anemic for Seventh Year in a Row
The article covers the energy efficiency shift.
Energy efficiency blunts the impact of population and economic growth, because upgrades in lighting, appliances and heavy equipment reduce energy needs. In 2005, the average refrigerator consumed 840 kilowatt-hours of electricity a year, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. A typical 2010 replacement needed only 453 kilowatt-hours of electricity.
There are various industries covered in their usage in the WSJ article, but the one thing that is not discussed is the shift to Mobile. Especially kids. Few kids want to jump on a computer. First choice is their phone, 2nd is a tablet, then a laptop. I don’t know about you, but the PC is gathering dust compared to the rest.