Renewable power

Renewable power consumption grew by 15% in 2015, providing 7% of the world’s electricity

The rapid growth of non-hydro renewable power generation continued in 2015. Global growth was 15.2%, the 12th successive year of double-digit growth. Renewables accounted for all of the growth in global power generation in 2015, and contributed 38% of world primary energy growth.

The OECD remains the main source of renewable power generation (68% of world total in 2015), but non-OECD growth has accelerated sharply and has exceeded OECD growth in percentage terms every year for the past 10 years.

The share of renewable power in global power generation reached 6.7% in 2015, almost doubling in five years from 3.5% in 2010. Renewables accounted for 10.1% of OECD power generation in 2015, compared to 3.9% in the non-OECD. While the aggregate shares remain low, for some individual countries renewables now contribute a significant share of power. The number of countries with a renewables share of more than 10% has nearly doubled from 23 in 2010 to 44 in 2015.

Other renewables - consumption by region

Other renewables - share of power generation by region

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