Volume of renewable capacity in major electricity utilities globally 2019

This statistic provides a ranking of leading electric utilities around the world based on their volume of renewable capacity as of 2019. During this time, Energias de Portugal (EDP) had 11.3 gigawatts of renewable capacity.

Global utilities in the renewable energy industry – additional information

Based on installed renewable energy capacity (which did not include hydropower), six of the top ten electricity utilities worldwide are located in China. The China General Nuclear utility had accumulated some 15.5 gigawatts of renewable energy capacity as of 2019. About 91 percent of Spain’s Acciona’s total electricity capacity was generated from renewable sources, making it one of the leaders among global electricity utilities. Comparatively, following Acciona, China General Nuclear generated about 31 percent of its total electricity capacity from renewables. China General Nuclear operates nuclear plants in several locations across the country, with more facilities planned for the near future. Despite its name, the utility is also increasing its operations in renewable energy industries, including wind, solar, and hydroelectricity. In 2014, almost 80 percent of new capacities added by electricity utilities around the world were considered renewable energy technologies. One of the world’s largest diversified utilities as of April 2019 was China Longyuan Power, located in China, which had a market value of 5.5 billion U.S. dollars.

In the United States, the Southern California Edison in California held an annual capacity of 441 megawatts as of 2018. One of the largest electric utilities in the United States is NextEra Energy with a market value of 90.7 billion U.S. dollars as of April 2019. NextEra is one of the largest wind owners in the United States. In the U.S., many Midwest utilities are beginning to use power purchase agreements to increase their hold in the wind industry, however, these utilities still tend to rely heavily on local coal resources.

Leading global utilities based on renewable capacity in 2019

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Release date

October 2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2019

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