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Global Energy Industry - Statistics & Facts

The global energy industry is important for providing basic needs that most of humanity thrives from, such as providing the electricity for lights to see at night, the heat that keeps our homes warm, or the fuel that powers our automobiles. Generally, the energy industry is involved in the production and sale of energy which can include manufacturing, refining, extraction, and distribution of energy sources. Energy infrastructure to maintain the operations of this industry is pervasive through most of the world as the sector strives to match the increasing demand for energy worldwide. As populations grow and low-income countries move towards urbanization and a higher quality of life, the demand for energy will grow, as is evident by the increasing generation of electricity to meet needs.

The energy market is government regulated in most countries, with the government having varying levels of control, for example, by managing which companies can enter the market or how much companies can charge. These companies are generally involved in generation, transmission and distribution, and retail, many energy companies are involved along various levels of the supply chain. Generators produce energy, which is then transmitted and distributed by those involved in the energy network (e.g. electricity grid), all of which is sold by a retailer to the consumer. The energy industry also includes various major sectors including fossil fuels, electrical power, nuclear power, renewable energy, and traditional energy (e.g. use of firewood for cooking and heating). As environmental awareness and sustainability become more prevalent, energy consumption from renewables is expected to increase relative to fossil fuel sources, especially as the cost of renewable technologies decreases.

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