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Global electricity generation by source 1990-2018

Coal power generation climbed to over 10,000 terawatt hours in 2018, making it the leading source of electricity generation in the world. The use of wind and solar energy has notably increased in the time span shown here, however when compared to fossil fuel sources their contribution to the world's power mix remains small.

Generation of electricity worldwide in select year from 1990 to 2018, by energy source

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Release date

2021

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

1990 to 2018

Supplementary notes

* Includes geothermal, solar thermal, tide, and generation from chemical heat.

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