While GDP has almost tripled in 45 years, energy demand has fallen away. Bill Hedley chronicles changing times and some tricky forecasting. For those of us brought up believing that energy usage is bound to double as the economy’s sparks fly upward, recent British trends may seem surprising. According to the government report Energy Consumption in the UK, published in November, the country used less energy in 2015 than in almost any year since 1970 (although 2014 was lower still, but had been exceptionally warm while 2015 was particularly cold).
Telegraph 4th Jan 2017 read more »