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How much of world energy consumption and electricity generation is from renewable energy?

EIA estimates that about 11% of world marketed energy consumption is from renewable energy sources (hydropower, biomass, biofuels, wind, geothermal, and solar), with a projection for 15% by 2040.1

EIA estimates that about 21% of world electricity generation was from renewable energy in 20112, with a projection for nearly 25% in 2040.

1International Energy Outlook 2013, Figure 2. World energy consumption by fuel type, 1990-2040 (quadrillion Btu).

2International Energy Statistics, Electricity Generation most recent data available on the date of this update.

3International Energy Outlook, Chapter 5: Electricity, Figure 83. World net electricity generation by fuel, 2010-2040 (trillion kilowatthours).

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Last updated: June 13, 2014


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