WASHINGTON, DC – In its Annual Energy Outlook 2022 (AEO2022) Reference case. The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) projects that US energy consumption will grow through 2050. This is primarily through the population and economic growth.
In this case, the EIA says that renewable energy will be the fastest-growing energy source through 2050. Firstly, petroleum will have the largest share of energy consumption throughout that period. Secondly is natural gas.
The EIA projects that transportation and industrial processes will be the primary consumers of petroleum. Other liquids in the United States. It also projects that the consumption from the US industrial sector will grow more than twice as fast as any other end-use sector from 2021 to 2050. In the industrial sector, the greatest growth in demand for petroleum is for hydrocarbon gas liquids used as feedstock. Petroleum remains a major fuel for nonmanufacturing industries such as agriculture, construction, and mining, as well as for refining processes.
The EIA also projects that US consumption of natural gas will keep growing, primarily driven by expectations that natural gas prices will remain low compared with historical levels. The US industrial sector will be the largest consumer of natural gas, primarily by the chemical industries that use natural gas as a feedstock and by increased heat-and-power consumption across multiple industries. The bulk chemicals industry will be the largest industrial energy user throughout the projection period, and it contributes the most to the growth in energy consumption in the industrial sector as a whole.
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