NPR

U.S. Utilities Look To Electric Cars As Their Savior Amid Decline In Demand

After years of rising demand, utility companies are staring down a projected decline in the demand for electricity. They say the budding electric car industry could save them.
A Tesla Model S electric vehicle is charged at a car dealership in Shanghai, China, in March 2015. Source: Johannes Eisele

The U.S. electricity sector is eyeing the developing electric car market as a remedy for an unprecedented decline in demand for electricity.

After decades of rising electricity demand, experts say the utility industry grossly underestimated the impact of cheap renewable energy and the surge of natural gas production. For the first time ever, the Tennessee Valley Authority is projecting a in demand across the region it serves in seven states, which is the first persistent decline in

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from NPR

NPR2 min readPolitics
Puerto Rican Police Fire Tear Gas At Huge Protests Over Governor's Texts
Some of Puerto Rico's biggest stars attended, and tensions ratcheted up later when protesters burst through a barricade at the governor's mansion and security forces fired tear gas at the crowd.
NPR4 min read
Mexican Drug Kingpin 'El Chapo' Is Sentenced To Life Plus 30 Years In U.S. Prison
Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, the 62-year-old former head of Mexico's Sinaloa cartel, was convicted in February for drug crimes. A life sentence was mandatory.
NPR3 min read
WHO Declares Ebola Outbreak In Congo An International Health Emergency
The current outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed more than 1,650 people, according to the World Health Organization. About 12 new cases are reported daily.