Which Country Produces the Most Electricity from Fossil?

Electricity Production from Oil, Gas & 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 oil, gas & coal sources with 4,571,987 GWh followed by USA and India. On the other end of the scale was Ukraine with 59,248 GWh, Netherlands with 88,877 GWh and Kazakhstan with 91,459 GWh.

Total electricity production from oil, gas & coal sources reached 16,521,740 GWh in 2017 in the World according to World Bank / EIA. This is 1.59 % more than in the previous year and 18.7 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total electricity production from oil, gas & coal sources reached an all time high of 16,521,740 GWh in 2017 and an all time low of 1,102,479 GWh in 1960. The average annual growth amounted to 4.86 % since 1960.

The top ranked country, China, accounted for 27.7 % of electricity production from oil, gas & coal sources in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 51.5 % share while the ten largest countries some 69.6 % in 2017.

Data for more countries are available at Electricity Production from Oil, Gas & Coal Sources indicator page.

Electricity Production from Oil, Gas & 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 223,667 218,780 212,909 214,805 218,819
China GWh 3,816,307 3,877,028 4,200,573 4,213,740 4,219,091
Germany GWh 355,755 361,201 362,922 341,198 340,442
India GWh 828,167 893,454 924,929 1,025,291 1,080,445
Indonesia GWh 161,407 177,826 189,664 203,108 209,705
Iran GWh 224,539 234,527 239,490 256,560 263,047
Italy GWh 214,592 202,089 172,888 154,359 169,665
Japan GWh 817,633 967,320 943,922 922,259 864,221
Mexico GWh 234,325 243,611 244,917 240,307 251,165
Russia GWh 713,780 723,375 700,538 704,281 698,408
South Africa GWh 243,081 240,381 237,288 233,448 227,948
South Korea GWh 352,023 368,706 383,875 365,762 363,831
Taiwan GWh 198,265 196,447 196,762 204,660 208,295
Turkey GWh 171,169 174,151 170,641 198,984 177,608
USA GWh 2,998,782 2,983,897 2,952,653 2,957,605 2,932,522