Since long before the rise in big data, the U.S. Energy Information Administration has tracked the country's energy consumption and production [thick lines]. The size of the gap between the two reflects how close the country is to energy independence. The EIA also projects energy production and usage into the future to help guide industry regulations and policy decisions. A computer program—which took the EIA nearly two decades to build and requires 35 analysts to run—generates its predictions [thin lines] based on current energy laws and regulations. While it's impossible to predict influential events such as wars and recessions, the general trend suggests that since 2005—when the energy deficit [red] peaked—the U.S. is making more of its own energy and using less overall. "We as a society are valuing energy independence more," said Steven Wade, an economist for the EIA.
I wonder what the projection was before 1982; you can never fully prepare for what the future holds in store, I would expect it to get worse before it gets better.
Does this include gas consumption or for our energy grid only? It seems unlikely to include gas to me as I thought we imported quite a bit of energy in this manner, but perhaps I am mistaken or automobile energy use simply is dwarfed by grid use.
Interesting to see how the affects of the 2008 recession, green campaigning, less power hungry computers, etc have affected energy usage in the last few years. We need to keep working on reduction.
This is a foolish non-issue. In writing my book U.S. Energy Policy and the Pursuit, of Failure, I counted more than a dozen different definitions of energy independence. Moreover, no one ever gave me truly coherent answers to three questions about energy independence: what? Why? How? The U.S. government has wasted 40 years and billions of dollars on a goal that had no clear definition or rationale. Until we put this panacea aside, we won't have anything like effective energy policy.