Chinese electricity consumption grew at its fastest pace since 2014.
Electricity consumption globally increases at a faster pace than other energy vectors due to electrification of energy uses. Most of the 2017 increase in global electricity consumption occurred in Asia. As in 2016, the electricity consumption growth in China, amid an industrial recovery and despite strong energy efficiency improvements, contributed to more than half of the world electricity consumption rebound. Power demand also grew in Japan for the first time since 2013, in India, Indonesia and South Korea.
Electricity consumption in the United States, which had remained broadly stable since 2011 due to energy efficiency improvements, declined for the second year in a row in 2017, whereas it rose in Canada.
It remained stable in the European Union (increase in Italy, Poland, Germany and Spain, decline in the UK) and grew in Turkey.
Electricity consumption also increased significantly in Iran and in Egypt.
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According to the United States Energy Information Administration (EIA), US renewable power generation achieved a new record of 742 TWh in 2018, which is almost twice the amount of 382 TWh produced in 2008. In total, renewables provided 17.6% of the US power generation in 2018 and 90% of the increase over the 2008-2018 period came from wind and solar power plants, since conventional hydroelectric capacity remained relatively stable (+2% since 2008, reaching 292 TWh in 2018, i.e. 6.9% of the US power mix).
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