Global Net Electricity Generation By Fuel Type

Global Net Electricity Generation by Fuel Type

Proof Point

Significant growth in both natural gas and renewables expected to decrease role of coal in electricity generation over coming decades

Global Net Electricity Generation By Fuel Type

2012 – 2040F (trillion kilowatt hours)

Proof Point Findings

  • Evolving Energy Mix – Renewables and natural gas expected to increase share of electricity generation over coming decades, while role of coal forecasted to decrease gradually
  • Renewables Growth – Expected to grow from 22% in 2012 to 29% by 2040, supported by government-led intiatives to adopt non-hydropowered renewables, particularly solar, in China and India; aggressive US Clean Power Plan; and plans to increase hydropower capacity in emerging markets
  • Natural Gas Growth – Forecasted to grow from 22% in 2012 to 28% by 2040, driven by low prices, favorable greenhouse gas emissions (natural gas combustion emits carbondioxide at half the rate of coal), and more efficient technologies
  • Decreasing But Still Relevant Coal – While coal is expected to still be most widely used electricity generation fuel, dependence is forecasted to decrease from 40% in 2012 to 29% in 2040 as countries continue to reduce CO2 emissions and increase energy production efficiencies



Date Last Updated

December 6, 2016

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