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December 10, 2018

Recent Trends in Energy Consumption and Their Impact on the Northwest Economy

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Council staff is often asked if the impacts of energy efficiency in the economy are real and sustainable in the long run. This study took a long-term view by going back to 1990 and estimating what the energy demand in the region would have been in 2015 if the efficiency was kept at 1990 levels. It shows that demand for all sectors and all forms of energy would have been higher. The Northwest region has been producing more goods and services with lower demand for energy.

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