The information economy is a blue-whale economy with its energy uses mostly out of sight. Based on a mid-range estimate, the world’s Information-Communications-Technologies (ICT) ecosystem uses about 1,500 TWh of electricity annually, equal to all the electric generation of Japan and Germany combined — as much electricity as was used for global illumination in 1985. The ICT ecosystem now approaches 10% of world electricity generation. Or in other energy terms – the zettabyte era already uses about 50% more energy than global aviation.
Testimony Before the Committee on Energy & Commerce, Energy & Power Subcommittee, U.S. House of Representatives.
THE CASE FOR EXPORTS: America’s Hydrocarbon Industry Can Revive the Economy and Eliminate the Trade Deficit
Manhattan Institute For Policy Research, May 2013 The world has changed since the passage of the 1975 Energy Policy and Conservation Act, a law that set the tone for energy policy for nearly a half-century. Technology and demographics have eviscerated old ideas of limits and import dependency. Given the new abundance, the United States now…
Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, October 2012 Which States Will Benefit?