"The report begins with a review of world trends in energy demand. The historical time frame begins with data from 1970, and--for the first time--IEO96 [International Energy Outlook 1996] projections extend to 2015. This provides readers with a 23- year historical view of energy demand and a 22-year forecast. New to this year's report is a set of scenarios developed for use in depicting a set of alternative growth paths. The scenarios consider alternative growth paths of regional gross domestic product (GDP). The resulting projections and the uncertainty associated with making international energy projections in general are discussed in the first chapter of the report. The status of environmental issues, including global carbon emissions, is reviewed. Comparisons of the IEO96 projections with other available international energy forecasts are included in the first chapter. The next part of the report is organized by energy source. Regional consumption projections for oil, natural gas, coal, nuclear power, and renewable energy (hydroelectricity, geothermal, wind, solar, and other renewables) are presented in the five fuel chapters, along with a review of the current status of each fuel on a worldwide basis. The last part of the report contains a discussion of energy consumed by electricity producers. The electricity demand model used for previous international energy forecasts has been replaced by a module that fits electricity consumption to logistic curves on a regional basis."
United States. Energy Information Administration: http://www.eia.doe.gov/