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Share of renewables in global power production 2007-2019

In recent years scrutiny over the environmental impact of more traditional energy sources has seen huge growth in renewables. The share of energy from sources such as wind and solar power used in global energy generation has been rising annually since 2007. When large hydropower is excluded, shares of renewable energy have more than doubled during this period to over 13 percent.

Increasing capacity and production

As renewable shares continue to grow, so does the installed capacity. Since 2009 the cumulative renewable energy capacity has risen from 1.14 terawatts to 2.36 terawatts in 2018. This in turn has seen renewable electricity production increase significantly, rising to 6.19 petawatts in 2017. Despite this impressive and steady growth, the consumption of renewable energy still pales in comparison when compared to fossil fuel consumption.

Consumption on the rise

In the past two decades global consumption of renewables has risen exponentially from just 2.7 exajoules in 1998, to almost 29 exajoules in 2019. Globally, both China and the United States are the leading consumers of renewable energy, with a combined consumption of 11.5 exajoules.

Share of renewable power in energy generation globally from 2007 to 2019*

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Release date

June 2020



Survey time period

2007 to 2019

Supplementary notes

* Excludes large hydropower.

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