The Annual Energy Outlook 2012 (AEO2012) reference case overview evaluates a wide range of trends and issues that could have major implications for U.S. energy markets. Projections in the AEO2012 reference case focus on the factors that shape U.S. energy markets in the long term, under the assumption that current laws and regulations remain generally unchanged throughout the projection period. This overview presents the AEO2012 reference case and compares it with the AEO2011 reference case released in April 2011. In addition, it provides the basis for examination and discussion of energy market trends and serves as a starting point for analysis of potential changes in U.S. energy policies, rules, or regulations or potential technology breakthroughs.
Unites States Energy Information Administration
1 January 2012