Fifteenth Inventory - Edition 2013

Worldwide electricity production from renewable energy sources
Stats and figures series

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Organisation of the study
Methodology elements
Chapter 1
Energy production in the world: general forecasts (.pdf)
Chapter 2
Survey of regional dynamics by sector (.pdf)
Chapter 3
Electricity production from renewable sources: details per region and per country (.pdf)


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This inventory of renewably-sourced electricity production aims to supply objective, quantified information about the development of the individual renewable electricity sectors across the world. The document, which is now in its fifteenth annual edition, is intended for market and energy policy analysts, and all those who take an interest in the development of renewable energies. It naturally describes the trend for hydraulic power, and also extends to the various biomass sectors (solid biomass, biogas, renewable municipal waste, liquid biomass), wind power, geothermal power, solar (photovoltaic and concentrated solar power) and ocean energies over the 2002-2012 period.

The inventory also looks at the trends for non-renewable fuels – fossil fuels (fuel oil, gas, coal) grouped together in a single category, nuclear energy and waste classified as non-renewable (industrial and non-renewable municipal waste).

The advances made in each renewable sector can thus be measured in absolute terms through their production track records and comparatively by calculating their respective shares of total electricity production. The inventory also provides qualitative analyses of the variations observed and information on the energy context of each country and world region to make the statistical indicators more readily understandable.

This edition also highlights the leading renewable energy producers and guides the user through the publication. A box has been added for the top five producer countries for each sector emphasizing the country's success in developing that sector. An electricity consumption indicator is used to distinguish between the net exporters and importers of electricity, which is important when considering production trends.

This document includes two appendices that present the wind power and photovoltaic capacity data of the European Union member states and of the main countries involved in these technologies. Appendices list a set of 2008-2012 data on countries whose capacity was in excess of 10 MW in 2012.

Two new interactive tables have been added so that users can go straight to the country fact file of their choice. Use the first table to look up a country by its renewable energy production volume ranking, or look up the countries that generate most of their electricity from renewable energy sources in the second table.

This document is organised into three chapters. The first of which outlines the context in which renewable electricity production is developing at world scale. The second chapter presents an overview of the world and regional dynamics of each renewable sector. The third presents the track record of each of these sectors in the electric system of eighty-nine countries and thirteen regions of the world (including the European Union). Additional sets of statistics in the country profiles of South Africa, Kenya, Senegal, Mali, Uganda and Bangladesh give details of the progress made in their decentralized rural electrification (DRE) schemes.