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How much of world energy consumption and production is from renewable energy?

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) publishes modeled projections and analysis for world consumption and production of renewable energy (and other types of fuel/energy sources) in the International Energy Outlook 2019 (IEO2019). The IEO2019 includes projections for renewable energy consumption, production of liquid fuels from renewable sources, and generation of electricity from renewable energy sources.

Renewable energy's share of total world energy consumption, liquid fuels production, and electricity generation in the IEO2019 Reference case

2018203020402050
Energy consumption115% 22%  25%  28%
Liquid fuels production2  2%   2%    2%    2%
Electricity generation3 28%  40%  46%   49%

1 See Table F1
2 See Tables G1 and G3
3 See Tables H12 and H17

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International energy statistics (historical data for the world, regions, and countries)

Last updated: September 27, 2019


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