Fact #840: September 29, 2014 World Renewable Electricity Consumption is Growing

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Electricity generated from sources that are renewable – hydroelectric power, bio-fuels, geothermal, solar, wind, wood, waste – have grown 150% from 1980 to 2011 (latest year available). Of the selected countries/regions shown, Europe has consistently had the highest consumption of renewable electricity. However, China has shown dramatic growth in the consumption of renewable electricity, overtaking the United States in 2005 and approaching levels that are closer to those of Europe by 2011. Although the growth in renewable electricity consumption in the U.S. appears modest compared to China and Europe, the U.S. has seen an increase of about 85% from 1980 to 2011.

Renewable Electricity Net Consumption for Selected Countries/Regions, 1980 - 2011

Graph showing renewable electricity net consumption for the U.S., Europe, China, India, and the rest of the world.

Note: Renewable electricity is generated from hydroelectric power, bio-fuels, geothermal, solar, wind, wood, and waste.

Fact #840 Dataset

Supporting Information

Renewable Electricity Net Consumption for Selected Countries/Regions
Year (Billion Kilowatt-hours)
United States Europe China India Rest of World World Total
1980 284.69 471.88 57.62 46.54 893.17 1,753.89
1980 284.69 471.88 57.62 46.54 893.17 1,753.89
1981 269.90 477.69 64.85 49.56 917.39 1,779.38
1982 317.54 473.44 73.66 48.31 920.23 1,833.17
1983 341.75 486.57 85.54 49.87 954.37 1,918.09
1984 332.95 495.14 85.93 53.41 1,018.07 1,985.49
1985 295.04 490.97 91.48 50.51 1,078.20 2,006.19
1986 305.51 474.92 93.56 53.31 1,123.88 2,051.17
1987 265.12 508.66 99.20 47.00 1,141.37 2,061.35
1988 238.09 552.43 108.01 57.30 1,184.81 2,140.63
1989 329.16 484.14 117.22 61.52 1,185.25 2,177.28
1990 360.85 499.65 125.14 70.97 1,222.42 2,279.03
1991 362.51 502.87 123.86 72.09 1,267.16 2,328.49
1992 330.58 535.96 130.20 69.28 1,279.78 2,345.79
1993 360.19 556.04 149.22 69.87 1,341.20 2,476.52
1994 340.33 564.59 165.74 82.10 1,354.72 2,507.48
1995 388.90 580.85 187.87 72.40 1,402.48 2,632.50
1996 426.53 569.64 186.58 69.17 1,423.23 2,675.15
1997 437.25 591.59 195.45 74.96 1,446.32 2,745.56
1998 404.00 619.59 205.01 83.31 1,450.92 2,762.81
1999 402.98 630.98 213.72 82.39 1,489.60 2,819.67
2000 361.27 666.16 223.25 76.76 1,544.27 2,871.71
2001 299.64 673.99 277.87 77.03 1,503.92 2,832.45
2002 356.96 643.73 288.44 68.00 1,539.52 2,896.66
2003 369.34 623.91 284.37 80.06 1,571.60 2,929.27
2004 365.72 687.18 353.82 90.28 1,639.63 3,136.63
2005 370.47 707.54 397.67 109.26 1,709.86 3,294.79
2006 398.75 724.56 437.90 123.24 1,757.20 3,441.65
2007 364.98 763.82 488.73 133.17 1,790.22 3,540.93
2008 392.74 816.66 596.79 124.87 1,800.88 3,731.93
2009 429.65 847.55 639.28 123.03 1,831.92 3,871.43
2010 440.23 946.92 770.92 135.27 1,883.72 4,177.06
2011 527.49 933.35 800.97 160.36 1,980.26 4,402.43
Source: Energy Information Administration, International Energy Statistics, accessed August 2014.

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