Monday, February 2, 2015

Global Renewable Energy (NREL Renewable Energy Data Book)

Here is a quick summary of renewable energy growth as reviewed in the NREL Renewable Energy Data Book. Cumulative global renewable electricity installed capacity grew by 108 percent from 2000 to 2013 (from 748 GW to 1,560 GW). Renewable sources accounted for 23 percent of all electricity generation worldwide (5,095 TWh) in 2013. Wind and solar electricity have been the fastest growing renewable electricity technologies worldwide. Wind electricity generation grew by a factor of 18 and solar electricity generation grew by a factor of 68 between 2000 and 2013.

In 2013, China led the world in cumulative total renewable electricity installed capacity, as well as cumulative wind and hydropower capacity. Germany led the world in cumulative PV installed capacity. The United States led the world in geothermal and biomass installed capacity

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