EM fields and energy

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I have been told that

1. EM fields contain energy.
2. EM fields can store energy, e.g. capacitors.
3. EM fields can transmit energy, e.g. via waves.

How are 1. and 2. any different from each other?
 

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jtbell
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The two statements say the same thing using different words.
 
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Thank you very much for your reply.

To move on, I just want your view on this definition of mine.

An electromagnetic field is an arbitrary configuration of electric fields (either finite or infinite in extent) that is either static or changing in time.

If the electromagnetic field changes in time, a magnetic field is induced whose properties and configurations are given by Maxwell's equations of electromgnetism.

Am I right?
 

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