Breakdown by country (TWh)

World

+4.7%

China’s power generation continues to grow steadily.

Significant slowdown in global power generation growth in 2019, well below historical levels

Global power generation, which had increased by nearly 3%/year over the 2000-2018 period, slowed down significantly in 2019 (+1%), reflecting the lower electricity demand due to relative milder weather conditions and slower economic growth.
Coal-fired power generation (36% of the global power mix in 2019) decreased by 3.5%, offset by an increase in gas-fired (+3.2%), nuclear (+3.6%), wind (+12%) and solar (+24%) generation.
China was the main contributor to the global power generation growth, with a rising renewable and thermal production; power generation increased by 4.7% in 2019, less than half the 2000-2018 average (+10%/year).
The lower electricity demand slashed power generation by 1.2% in the USA, where the rising gas-fired and renewable production led to large coal-fired generation cutbacks. In Europe, the economic slowdown translated into a 1.8% decline, especially in Germany (reduction of coal-fired generation) and France (lower nuclear and hydropower availability), despite a 25% surge in Belgium (improved nuclear availability and higher wind generation).
Power generation continued to fall in Japan (-3.4%) and dipped in South Korea (after a decade of growth) against declining electricity consumption. It also stagnated in India, where coal-fired generation decreased for the first time since 1973.

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