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Shocking Statistics: Uncovering the True Power Behind the World’s Electricity

In 2022, global electricity generation reached a new high of 29,165.2 terawatt hours (TWh), indicating a growing demand for power worldwide.

https://elements.visualcapitalist.com/what-electricity-sources-power-the-world/

Coal remained the leading source of electricity, accounting for 35.4% of global power generation. China, India, and the United States were the top consumers of coal-generated electricity, representing over three-quarters of the world’s total demand. However, the use of coal comes with significant environmental costs, as it is the largest source of CO2 emissions.

On the other hand, renewable energy sources, such as wind, solar, and geothermal, experienced a remarkable growth rate of 14.7% in 2022, contributing 14.4% of total electricity generation.

This growth was driven by advancements in solar and wind technologies. Including hydroelectric power, renewables accounted for 29.3% of electricity generation, with a growth rate of 7.4%.

France faced challenges in its nuclear energy sector, resulting in a 4% decrease in global nuclear energy use. Disruptions in Ukraine and shutdowns in France’s nuclear fleet led to a 22% drop in electricity generated by nuclear energy in France, transforming the country into a net importer.

A graph showing Power by Fuel - Coal, Gas, Oil and Renewable (Excluding Hydro)

The choice of energy sources is crucial for our planet’s future. Coal has environmental implications, while renewables offer cleaner alternatives. Nuclear energy, although reliable, presents challenges and risks.

As the world grapples with climate change, finding a balance between these energy sources becomes increasingly important. The upcoming energy report will provide insights into the path we choose to address our energy needs and protect the environment.

While the process of converting mechanical energy into electrical power remains a well-established procedure, the challenge lies in finding sustainable and environmentally friendly sources of mechanical energy.

As we face record-breaking temperatures and an urgent need to address climate change, it is essential to prioritize the development and implementation of renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, and hydro.

The world’s commitment to embracing a sustainable energy future will be tested in the upcoming annual energy report, and we must all play our part in ensuring a greener and cleaner future for generations to come.

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