The global demand for cooling is growing exponentially, which could place serious strains on electrical grids around the world. This increasing demand is coming primarily from developing nations in hotter parts of the world, such as India, where the peak electricity load for air conditioning could reach 45 percent in 2050, up from 10 percent today.
A new assessment of the potential benefits from deploying super-efficient air conditioners has found significant untapped potential for air conditioner efficiency that could avoid more than 120 medium-sized (500 MW) power plants in the countries studied by 2020.
The growth of electricity demand has slowed in each decade since the 1950s — from a 9.8 percent annual rate of growth in the 1950s to only 0.7 percent per year in the first decade of the 21st century — and will continue its slow growth due to energy efficiency, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).
The United States is consuming energy considerably more efficiently and with lower emissions than just five years ago thanks to a number of modern technologies that are changing decades-old patterns, according to a report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy.
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy and the superstorm it spawned in the northeastern United States, manufacturers represented by the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) have increased production to meet the unexpected increased demand for residential and light commercial boilers, furnaces, and heat pumps.
“Energy is what keeps the United States, and the world, going,” said Colin Powell, retired four-star general, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and secretary of state for President George W. Bush. “And what I see is demand for energy is getting greater and greater and greater.”
Honeywell recently announced the formation of Smart Grid Solutions, a global enterprise that centralizes the company’s existing smart grid resources and expertise to respond to the growing needs of both energy providers and users.
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