February 2007

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: HPImpact: EIA: Fossil fuels to retain their share in US energy mix to 2030

Despite the projected rapid growth of biofuels and other nonhydroelectric renewable energies and expectations of the first new orders for nuclear power plants in over 25 years, fossil fuels are foreca..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Despite the projected rapid growth of biofuels and other nonhydroelectric renewable energies and expectations of the first new orders for nuclear power plants in over 25 years, fossil fuels are forecast to maintain their portion in the US energy basket. Oil, coal and natural gas are projected to provide roughly the same 86% share of the total US primary energy supply in 2030 as they did in 2005—absent changes in existing laws and regulations. So says a new energy outlook by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). Alternative sources of distillate fuel are projected to grow to over 7% of the total distillate pool by 2030. That year, consumption of biodiesel is forecast to

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