Air conditioning set to be a main driver of global electricity demand

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https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/15/air...of-global-electricity-demand-report-says.html

The rising use of air conditioners (ACs) in offices and homes is set to be a top driver of global electricity demand in the next 30 years, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said Tuesday.

Worldwide energy demand from air conditioners is set to triple by 2050, according to the IEA's "The Future of Cooling" report.

This increasing demand will need huge amounts of new electricity capacity, equivalent to the combined capacity of the U.S., Japan and European Union today. The number of air conditioners in buildings will hit 5.6 billion by 2050, up from 1.6 billion today, the study said.
By the same token, better thermal insulation of homes and more efficient ACs have non-trivial effects on the power load, depending on region/location and characteristics of the regional housing stock.

There is also one benefit of higher energy efficiency for power plants that alludes analysts. We know that higher efficiency causes a decline in power load that makes power generators operate less, but efficiency measures that target the peak load periods also lower the operation of the highest marginal cost turbines (highest marginal cost=lowest thermal efficiency). This is described by this paper: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12053-015-9392-9.
 
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Living on the Texas gulf coast, I refer to A/C as "The God of the gulf coast". 95+ degrees and high humidity...It feels cooler in the 110+ degree heat of Arizona.

Better building methods, cheaper building materials and more efficient/different methods of cooling are needed.
 
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Living on the Texas gulf coast, I refer to A/C as "The God of the gulf coast". 95+ degrees and high humidity...It feels cooler in the 110+ degree heat of Arizona.

Better building methods, cheaper building materials and more efficient/different methods of cooling are needed.
Like indirect evaporative cooling.
 
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We make piss poor use of our greatest resource, ocean water. The earth is 70% water, we can't find a way to get more abundance of drinking water, put out forest fires, build better irrigation systems or cool arid areas. We are dumb. Our guns work though
 
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We make piss poor use of our greatest resource, ocean water. The earth is 70% water, we can't find a way to get more abundance of drinking water, put out forest fires, build better irrigation systems or cool arid areas. We are dumb. Our guns work though

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Well I live in Dubai where the A/C is on pretty much year round (we even have outdoor A/C), and a a decade ago it was just oil and gas that was powering the grid, now with solar and nuclear it's becoming more sustainable. Also all new areas now must now have their A/C delivered by district cooling plants that consume less energy.