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U.S. Electricity Use on Wane
The Energy Information Administration is projecting that electricity use in the US will rise an average of just 0.6% a year for industrial users and 0.7% for homes through 2040....Even after the Arab oil embargo in 1973 the growth in electricity demand average 2% to 4% annually....

For decades, electricity use was viewed as a barometer of economic growth, but the link has become less clear cut in recent years, partly because of a big push to make major appliances and other products, such as compact fluorescent lights and high-efficiency motors, that use less electricity. The erosion of US manufacturing also has contributed to the slowdown....From 1998 to 2010 the electricity used for manufacturing fell 18% as industrial processes grew more efficient and companies produced fewer good in the US....

Some companies, including Public Service Enterprise Group and Northeast Utilities, are pouring money into high-voltage transmission lines--superhighways for electricity--because federal regulators are allowing them to collect above-average returns from customers on those outlaws to encourage new investment in the nation's aging power networks.

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