IEA World Energy Outlook: NatGas Demand Increases 1.5% per Year

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Each year the International Energy Agency (IEA) issues a special World Energy Outlook report. The 2016 edition has just been published. This latest edition of the Outlook proclaims that renewables and natural gas are the big winners in meeting world energy demands from now until 2040. It also says “the era of fossil fuels appears far from over.” The Outlook predicts natural gas use will continue to rise, while coal will continue to fall. “We see clear winners for the next 25 years, natural gas, but especially wind and solar, replacing the champion of the previous 25 years, coal,” said Fatih Birol, IEA’s executive director. “But there is no single story about the future of global energy: in practice, government policies will determine where we go from here.” Birol also said global oil consumption will continue to increase between now and 2040. The Outlook sees natgas usage continuing to grow 1.5% per year, on average, for the next 25 years. Below is a press release about the report and a copy of the Executive Summary for the report. Sadly they don’t release the full report for free–it will cost you €120 (~$127) for the PDF version, and €150 (~$159) for a paper copy…

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