Which Country Produces the Most Electricity from Coal?

Electricity Production from Coal Sources (GWh), 2017
Energy & Utility | December 26, 2018
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Based on a comparison of 27 countries in 2017, China ranked the highest in electricity production from coal sources with 4,360,863 GWh followed by USA and India. On the other end of the scale was Iran with 462 GWh, Argentina with 1,733 GWh and United Kingdom with 22,580 GWh.

Total electricity production from coal sources reached 9,723,438 GWh in 2017 in the World according to World Bank / EIA. This is 2.8 % more than in the previous year and 15.1 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total electricity production from coal sources reached an all time high of 9,723,438 GWh in 2017 and an all time low of 803,767 GWh in 1960. The average annual growth amounted to 4.47 % since 1960.

The top ranked country, China, accounted for 44.8 % of electricity production from coal sources in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 70.1 % share while the ten largest countries some 85.9 % in 2017.

Data for more countries are available at Electricity Production from Coal Sources indicator page.

Electricity Production from Coal Sources Unit 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Australia GWh 171,985 165,384 155,447 155,229 160,850
Canada GWh 77,623 67,490 68,593 68,451 68,097
China GWh 3,695,410 3,755,839 4,074,171 4,070,941 4,042,505
Germany GWh 262,470 277,127 288,206 274,410 272,200
India GWh 701,255 787,130 847,969 949,931 1,006,555
Indonesia GWh 81,090 102,166 111,252 119,532 124,657
Japan GWh 281,577 330,798 359,246 353,086 346,687
Poland GWh 141,571 136,416 139,758 131,551 132,962
Russia GWh 165,011 169,163 161,872 158,702 158,552
South Africa GWh 241,494 236,715 230,688 226,639 220,037
South Korea GWh 227,517 228,168 228,967 217,183 225,726
Taiwan GWh 124,759 122,709 121,272 121,998 115,884
Turkey GWh 66,218 68,013 63,786 76,263 76,166
USA GWh 1,876,340 1,640,796 1,713,944 1,713,690 1,468,296
Vietnam GWh 20,358 21,383 24,732 35,602 52,798