The increase in the use of electricity worldwide is almost awe-inspiring. There are maps in which illuminated regions represent the electricity usage of those areas and the contrast between nations and cities that use a lot of electricity and those that don’t, can be visually dramatic in that context. Some cities are becoming infamous for the amount of electricity they produce and consume, although with growing public awareness of green issues, many are trying their utmost to limit their energy consumption.
The production and consumption of electricity in a given city is largely going to be a function of that city’s population levels. The cities that produce and consume the largest amounts of electricity are among the most populous in the world, and their electricity production is an attempt to meet the needs of their citizens. Other cities are led by officials that have specifically tried to make their particular cities major electricity producers for whatever reason. Power generation can stimulate the local economies within cities, providing jobs and income streams. Adding lighting towers, generators, and other structures can be the first step forward for cities that are trying to achieve rapid economic growth.
New York City developed the reputation as the city that never sleeps a long time ago. The fact that NYC consumes and produces a huge amount of electricity shouldn’t really surprise anyone. Interestingly, The Big Apple is also regarded as a relatively environmentally friendly city. In a lot of the United States, the population relies on private transportation instead of public transportation, but New York City is one of the exceptions to the rule.
Tokyo is another world leader in energy production and consumption. Interestingly enough, many Tokyo citizens actually monitor the anticipated daily electricity demand, or the electricity forecast. It is possible that this new practice will reduce Tokyo’s energy consumption substantially. Tokyo has aspirations to be a much more environmentally conscious city, and this new practice is partly an effort in that direction.
While Dubai currently consumes a very high level of energy, sustainability is quickly becoming a priority there. Nearly three quarters of the energy that Dubai produces is then consumed by energy inefficient buildings. As such, there is a great deal of emphasis in Dubai on constructing green buildings that use energy in a much more sustainable manner.
By itself, London produces eight percent of the carbon dioxide emissions in the United Kingdom, which speaks volumes about the electricity consumption in the Capital. However, policymakers in London and beyond are trying to reverse that trend, with ambitious plans to reduce those emissions by sixty percent within the next ten years.
The future of energy
It is possible that the same cities today that are known for their energy consumption will be known for their renewable energy production in the future. They may soon become the greenest and cleanest cities in the world. However, persuading developing countries to follow suit, as they strive for bigger and better things, will remain a challenge for many years to come….