Wind and Solar Scenarios and Non-Fossil Fuel open thread- May 25, 2016


Wind and solar energy consumption have grown quickly from 1994 to 2014 based on data from BP’s Statistical Review of World Energy 2015 at a rate of 25% per year combined. Historical data on oil consumption from 1900 to 1975 shows that oil use grew by about 7% per year over that period. Note that this rate of growth was constrained by demand for energy as evidenced by very low oil prices from 1950 to 1972 and the high rates of oil consumption growth from 1960 to 1970.  World GDP and population grew rapidly over that period before supply constraints became apparent and rates of oil consumption growth slowed markedly after 1979.
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