What will be quantitively different in our lives in Birmingham in 2050 – table 1
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Thoughts from this table
- More people in the city
- More immigrants?
- More things will rely on energy – we expect a higher quality iof life, so needs and wants are larger, although energy use is lower.
- Efficiency could though lead to more energy use because we have more electrical devices
- Local community generation might create more of a moral emphasis on saving energy.
- When you know your energy is green you consume more!
- Bigger split between the haves and the haves not -
- People wont have their own boilers – will that also encourage them to use more energy, because they don’t know what’s on when.
- Per capita demand will decrease – even though we will have more things to power
- Fossil fuels will have to be priced out of the market – but then low carbon fuel prices will rise.
- Possibly more public transport
- Fewer cars
- More highrise blocks? Communities developing around energy systems.
- Pricing for the grid will be very complicated – but energy supplies will be interconnected
- At the moment limit of the size of community is also shaped by technology – a small generator can’t economically supply energy more than 500M from the energy source.