Last week, the U.S. Energy Information Administration published its Annual Energy Outlook report.
According to Salon, EIA administrator Adam Sieminsky said that over the next 23 years America is forecast to generate 20 percent more energy than it does today. However, it is only expected to use about 5 percent more energy, setting the country up to become a major exporter.
"We're going to have fairly strong domestic production of energy and relatively flat demand," said Sieminsky. "You put those two together, it implies that the U.S. could become a net energy exporter."
This could happen as early as 2026, according to the report. This increase in energy efficiency paired with a drop in the consumption of coal will help to keep energy-related carbon emission levels at nearly the level they are at now. Emissions from energy use have been on the decline for the past 10 years.
Showcasing an outlook through 2050, the annual report also highlighted the continued growth of clean energy, according to the PV-Tech Power journal. Both clean energy and natural gas are expected to advance as the key sources of energy.
Despite all of this, however, the report concluded that a significant change in the pollution from energy use in the U.S. is not expected within the next 30 years.