China’s power generation continues to grow steadily.
Most of the growth in global power generation in 2018 occurred in Asia (+6.1%): China accounted for nearly 60% of global growth due to high demand coupled with the fast development of generation capacity, followed by India, Japan, South Korea, and Indonesia.
Power generation also rose in the United States (+3.6%), as weather conditions and economic growth spurred electricity consumption, whereas it slightly declined in Canada. Power generation continued to increase in Russia (economic recovery), in the Middle East, and in Africa. It remained stable in Latin America, as the growth in Brazil and Mexico was offset by a strong fall in Venezuela caused by political tensions.
In Europe, power generation remained stable despite growth in France and Turkey thanks to a higher hydropower and renewable power production (plus an improved nuclear availability in France). On the contrary, power generation declined in Belgium (significant nuclear unavailability), Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom (mild winter).
According to the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) of India, coal-fired power generation in India declined by around 2.5% in 2019, posting the first decrease in a decade. Meanwhile, the gas-fired power generation also declined by 4.5%. This decrease is explained by a broader economic slowdown reducing electricity demand and a higher competition from renewable power generation and from nuclear in a lesser extent (+6.3% in 2019).
According to WindEurope, Europe’s wind power capacity grew by 8% in 2019, thanks to the installation of 15.4 GW, and reached 205 GW at the end of the year. New installations are 27% higher than in 2018. However, this number needs to double to reach the objectives of the Green Deal. Over 3/4 of new installations were onshore wind (11.7 GW), and 1/4 offshore (3.6 GW). Four countries accounted for 55% of new wind installations: the United Kingdom (+2.4 GW, including almost 1.8 GW of offshore wind), Spain (+2.3 GW), Germany (+2.2 GW, half of which was offshore), and Sweden (+1.6 GW). France installed more than 1 GW of new wind capacity in 2019 (1.3 GW onshore) despite weathers conditions and delays in approvals slowing down constructions.
According to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), new installations of wind power capacities in Africa and the Middle East slowed down in 2019, with only 894 MW installed in 2019, compared to 962 MW in 2018 (-7%). Leading countries were Egypt, which installed 262 MW of new capacity, followed by Morocco (216 MW), Jordan (190 MW), Ethiopia (120 MW) and Iran (50 MW).
According to the French power transmission system operator RTE, electricity consumption in France declined by 0.5% in 2019 (including climate corrections), reaching its lowest level in 10 years. This slight decrease is explained by efforts in terms of energy efficiency (in buildings and equipments), by the structural shift in economic activities (towards services activities), and by a slowdown in economic growth, especially at the end of year.