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A new surge in power use is threatening U.S. climate goals

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🗞️ Driving the news: The United States is experiencing a significant surge in electricity demand due to the rapid expansion of data centers, a resurgence in manufacturing, and the increasing adoption of electric vehicles 
• This surge is straining electric grids and could lead to greater reliance on fossil fuels, threatening the country's climate goals

🔭 The context: Electricity demand in the U.S., which had been stable for two decades, is projected to grow substantially by 2028
 • Utilities in various states are proposing to build new natural gas plants to meet this demand, contrary to the Biden administration's goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and transitioning to pollution-free energy sources 

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The construction of new fossil fuel plants to meet rising electricity demand poses a direct challenge to efforts to combat climate change
• It contradicts the move towards cleaner energy sources, such as wind, solar, and nuclear, essential for achieving a sustainable and environmentally friendly energy future

⏭️ What's next: The situation underscores the urgent need for regulatory bodies to challenge utility companies and seek alternative solutions to meet growing electricity demands without increasing fossil fuel dependency 
• The outcome of this challenge will have significant implications for the U.S.'s ability to meet its decarbonization goals and combat climate change effectively

💬 One quote: “I can’t recall the last time I was so alarmed about the country’s energy trajectory,” (Tyler H. Norris, power systems expert and PhD candidate at Duke University)

📈 One stat: Peak demand in the summer is projected to grow by 38,000 megawatts nationwide in the next five years, equivalent to adding another California to the grid

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