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Future energy demand and supply

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Please note: This is course is due to be archived on Monday 13th March 2023. You can study the course up until this date. For learners who have completed the course, the Statement of Participation will remain in your learner records in your OpenLearn profile.


When you consider that the global annual consumption of primary energy increased more than ten-fold during the 20th Century, the importance of planning future energy supply becomes clear. Future energy demand and supply is a free course that offers an introduction to how this is being undertaken.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • summarise the difficulties of forecasting energy demand
  • assess the importance of political and economic issues, as well as geological and environmental factors, in determining trends in energy use
  • outline some of the contrasting scenarios for energy supply in the twenty-first century, and discuss evolving technologies that could play a part in future energy systems
  • appreciate the environmental consequences of society's current energy use, and the challenges of developing sustainable energy supply.

First Published: 09/08/2012

Updated: 04/12/2018

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