John O'Connor

An Editorial: A Decade of ‘No Growth’ in Energy and Water Use

Blog Post created by John O'Connor on Sep 21, 2016

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An Editorial Assessment:

A Decade of ‘No Growth’ in Energy and Water Use is Good News for Columbia’s Economy


Tom O’Connor and John T. O’Connor, H2O’C Engineering, LLC, Columbia, MO


As it has for the nation as a whole, Columbia’s electrical usage has remained flat for the past decade. Even with a steadily growing population, Columbia’s per capita consumption declined from 32 kWh/d in 2006 to 27 kWh/d in 2015. This remarkable achievement may be a by-product of the adoption of new technology as well as community efforts to conserve and utilize electrical energy more efficiently.


If we can continue to use our resources more wisely, and thereby minimize the frequency of multi-million dollar utility system capacity expansions, Columbians will be richer for it in the long run.