Which Country Consumes the Most Electricity?

Electric Power Consumption (GWh`), 2011 or latest
Energy & Utility | March 8, 2019
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Based on a comparison of 132 countries in 2011, China ranked the highest in electric power consumption with 4,432,901 GWh followed by USA and Japan. On the other end of the scale was Eritrea with 289 GWh, Haiti with 326 GWh and Congo with 725 GWh.

Total electric power consumption reached 20,329,882 GWh in 2011 in the World according to World Bank / EIA. This is 3.27 % more than in the previous year and 30.1 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total electric power consumption reached an all time high of 20,329,882 GWh in 2011 and an all time low of 1,501,901 GWh in 1960. The average annual growth amounted to 5.24 % since 1960.

The top ranked country, China, accounted for 21.8 % of electric power consumption in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 47.0 % share while the ten largest countries some 68.5 % in 2011.

Data for more countries are available at Electric Power Consumption indicator page.

Electric Power Consumption Unit 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Brazil GWh` 375,195 389,951 412,128 428,251 426,030
Canada GWh` 559,619 546,009 554,759 548,074 509,943
China GWh` 2,325,647 2,677,039 3,070,998 3,255,388 3,504,893
France GWh` 483,645 479,449 481,364 492,498 475,038
Germany GWh` 586,639 590,980 591,027 587,014 553,091
India GWh` 519,703 572,951 633,339 662,247 712,497
Italy GWh` 332,228 339,180 339,195 338,721 317,248
Japan GWh` 1,049,360 1,054,364 1,084,729 1,031,237 999,800
Mexico GWh` 205,201 209,128 215,567 219,353 217,663
Russia GWh` 828,118 872,393 897,680 913,506 870,331
South Africa GWh` 222,019 228,964 246,518 240,764 230,121
South Korea GWh` 375,662 389,434 411,971 430,322 437,734
Spain GWh` 266,774 282,174 284,301 291,219 275,316
USA GWh` 4,049,930 4,052,974 4,114,050 4,154,965 3,961,559
United Kingdom GWh` 378,775 377,284 375,211 372,087 352,330