Monday, January 6, 2014

23% Of 2012 Global Electricity Generated By Renewable Sources

National Renewable Energy Lab, U.S.A, reports that in 2012 23% of global electricity (4,892 TWh) was generated from renewable sources. Among all countries, Germany led in cumulative solar photovoltaic installed capacity, U.S.A. led in geothermal and biomass installed capacity, China led in wind and Spain led in solar thermal electric generation.

Few key findings are:

(1) The installed global renewable electricity capacity almost doubled between 2000 and 2012 (from 748 GW to 1,470 GW).

(2) In 2012, renewable electricity accounted for 14% of total installed capacity.

(3) Between 2000 and 2012, wind energy was one of the fastest growing renewable electricity technologies. Global wind electricity generation increased by a factor of nearly 16.

(4) Top countries with installed renewable electricity capacity:
      - China
      - U.S.A.
      - Brazil
      - Canada
      - Gremany

(5) Below graph shows the leading countries in various renewable technologies:

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