Renewable energy sources generated global increase of 15% in 2015

Published by rick on 2017-03-29
The 2016 edition of the annual BP Statistical Review of World Energy reports that total global power generation from renewable sources increased by 15.2% in 2015. This is consistent with the 10-year average growth rate for energy generation from renewable sources and at 48 million tonnes of oil equivalent (+48 mtoe) it was the largest annual increment on record. Other data from the report include:
• Wind power provided the largest growth increment (+28 mtoe)
• Solar had the highest growth rate (+32.6%)
• Non-hydro renewable energy accounted for 6.7% of global power generation in 2015, up from 2% a decade ago
• Europe (at (+18.8 mtoe) and Eurasia (+17.5 mtoe) have the highest shares of power from renewables, at 11.9%
• This data compares with a total global growth in all primary energy consumption of 1.0% in 2015, which was below the 10-year annual average of 1.9%.

By way of comparison, global production of coal (a non-renewable source of energy) in 2015 fell for the first time since 1998, with declines of -2.9% in Asia Pacific and -10.3% in North America. World production of coal declined in 2015 by -4% and consumption by -1.8%.

BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2016

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