The International Energy Agency Projects that AI data centers could consume as much as 25% of US electricity by 2030

I asked Chat GPT how much energy AI will likely consume in data centers and the impact of transitioning to electric vehicles on the U.S. power grid.

Chat GPT’s answer:

AI is projected to consume a substantial amount of energy in data centers. By 2030, electricity consumption at U.S. data centers could triple from 2022 levels to as much as 390 terawatt hours, representing about 7.5% of the nation’s projected electricity demand. Another report suggests that AI data centers could consume as much as 25% of US electricity by 2030.

The transition to electric vehicles (EVs) is also expected to impact the U.S. power grid significantly. As the number of EVs on the road increases, so will the demand for electricity for vehicle charging and the infrastructure to support this shift. This could increase overall electricity demand, necessitating further investments in power generation and grid infrastructure to accommodate both the existing load and the new demands from EVs and AI.

These developments imply that substantial upgrades to the U.S. power grid will be essential. This includes expanding generation capacity—potentially through traditional and renewable energy sources—and upgrading transmission and distribution networks to handle higher loads and ensure reliable power delivery. Addressing these needs will support the ongoing digital and transportation transformations without straining the current infrastructure.

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