Renewable power

Renewable power consumption grew by 17% in 2017, providing 8% of the world’s electricity

The rapid growth of non-hydro renewable power generation continued in 2017. Global growth was 17%, the 14th successive year of double-digit growth. Renewables accounted for nearly50% of the growth in global power generation in 2017, and contributed 27% of world primary energy growth.

The OECD remains the main source of renewable power generation (63% of world total in 2017), but non-OECD growth has accelerated sharply and has exceeded OECD growth rate in percentage terms every year for the last 12 years.

The share of renewable power in global power generation reached nearly 8.4% in 2017, almost doubling in five years from 4.6% in 2012. Renewables accounted for 12% of OECD power generation in 2017, compared to 6% in the non-OECD. While the aggregate shares remain low, for some individual countries renewables now contribute a significant share of power. Countries where renewables contribute more than 20% of the power generated include: Germany, Spain, UK, Italy, Portugal, Denmark, Finland, Ireland and New Zealand.

Other renewables – consumption by region

Other renewables – consumption by region

Other renewables – share of power generation by region

Other renewables – share of power generation by region

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