World renewable energy consumption up - BP
Baku, Azerbaijan, June 14
By Elena Kosolapova – Trend:
Renewable power consumption (including wind, geothermal, solar, biomass and waste and excluding hydro) grew by 14.1 percent to 419.6 million tons of oil equivalent (mtoe) in 2016, according to BP’s Statistical Review of World Energy 2017.
The growth was below the 10-year average, but the largest increment on record (53 mtoe).
Wind provided more than half of renewables growth, while solar energy contributed almost a third despite accounting for only 18 percent of the total.
Renewables consumption (excluding hydro) grew by 15.7 percent to 97.1 mtoe in the North America, by 17.1 percent to 28.2 mtoe in the South and Central America, by 1.5 percent to 144 mtoe in Europe and Eurasia, by 42 percent to 0.7 mtoe in the Middle East, by 18.5 percent to 5 mtoe in Africa and by 1.3 percent to 0.3 percent on Asia Pacific region.
Asia Pacific overtook Europe and Eurasia as the largest producing region of renewable power. China overtook the US to be the largest single renewables producer.
Hydroelectric power generation rose by 2.8 percent or 27.1 mtoe to 910.3 mtoe in 2016. China (10.9 mtoe) and the US (3.5 mtoe) provided the largest increments. Venezuela experienced the largest decline (-3.2 mtoe).
Hydroelectricity consumption rose by 3.5 percent to 153.9 mtoe in the North America, by 1.8 percent to 156 mtoe in the South and Central America, by 3.4 percent to 201.8 mtoe in Europe and Eurasia and by 3.5 percent to 368.1 mtoe in the Asia Pacific. On the contrary in the Middle East hydroelectricity consumption fell by 20.5 percent to 4.7 mtoe and in Africa – by 4.3 percent to 25.8 mtoe.
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