Just the facts: Let there be light

ByYAEL ISRAELI
April 25, 2013 13:06

One might expect that increased electricity consumption would correspond to an increase in population size, but this is not in fact the case.




Use of natural gas and coal in Israel

Use of natural gas and coal in Israel. (photo credit:Courtesy)

A ll of us consume large amounts of electricity, and it is hard for us to imagine life without it. Electricity consumption is one of the indicators of a country’s level of development: As the years pass and we become more modernized and developed, we also consume more electricity.

One might expect that increased electricity consumption would correspond to an increase in population size, but this is not in fact the case. In 1967, when the population was 2,776,300 people, the average per capita consumption of electricity in Israel was 1,429 kilowatt-hours (kWh); in 2000, it reached 5,559 kWh, and in 2011, 6,232 kWh, while the population was 6,369,300.

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