America can cut its coal consumption by 62 %

electric-productivity-rmiAccording to a recent study carried out by the Rocky Mountain Institute, the United States could cut their consumption of coal by 62 % before as early as 2020. This would represent savings of 1.2m gigawatt-hours annually.

The equivalent of 30 % of the US annual electricity use could be saved by increasing the energy efficiency of the 40 least energy efficient States to the levels of the 10 most efficient.

This could be achieved only by improving the productivity of the local electricity networks. For further details, please check out this article from Business Green.


Edouard is a sustainability and energy professional committed to bringing our societies to a carbon neutral future. He has been writing on related topics on this very blog since 2007.

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3 Responses

  1. Monday, April 6, 2009

    […] efficiency alone could bring large cuts as it would enable to decrease importantly the consumption of coal, by far the most emitting energy […]

  2. Wednesday, May 13, 2009

    […] exist. A recent study shown that energy efficiency alone would enable the United States to consume 62 % less coal by 2020. I believe similar findings would be found in many other […]

  3. Wednesday, September 15, 2010

    […] all hope is gone. As I previously noted America could slash by 62 percent by 2020 its coal consumption. It aslo could be completely coal-free by […]

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