Which Country Produces the Most Electricity?

Electric Power Production (GWh), 2017
Energy & Utility | March 8, 2019
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Based on a comparison of 79 countries in 2017, China ranked the highest in electric power production with 6,495,140 GWh followed by USA and India. On the other end of the scale was Luxembourg with 2,186 GWh, Lithuania with 4,160 GWh and Cyprus with 4,990 GWh.

Total electric power production reached 25,551,280 GWh in 2017 in the World according to World Bank / EIA. This is 2.43 % more than in the previous year and 21.5 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total electric power production reached an all time high of 25,551,280 GWh in 2017 and an all time low of 5,235,366 GWh in 1971. The average annual growth amounted to 3.51 % since 1960.

The top ranked country, China, accounted for 25.4 % of electric power production in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 48.0 % share while the ten largest countries some 68.3 % in 2017.

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

Electric Power Production Unit 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Brazil GWh 531,758 552,499 570,835 590,542 581,228
Canada GWh 638,279 636,546 662,496 660,415 663,705
China GWh 4,713,019 4,987,553 5,431,637 5,649,583 5,814,573
France GWh 564,985 564,475 573,846 564,154 570,323
Germany GWh 613,070 630,149 638,730 626,650 646,888
India GWh 1,034,011 1,091,838 1,146,139 1,262,220 1,318,973
Iran GWh 235,588 248,756 258,852 275,628 280,238
Japan GWh 1,104,183 1,106,880 1,087,760 1,062,729 1,030,114
Mexico GWh 292,143 296,396 297,118 303,316 310,350
Russia GWh 1,054,858 1,069,289 1,059,086 1,064,197 1,067,543
Saudi Arabia GWh 262,240 284,716 299,313 333,740 359,647
South Korea GWh 517,570 531,202 537,169 540,379 547,802
Turkey GWh 229,398 239,501 240,161 251,963 261,783
USA GWh 4,363,377 4,310,569 4,330,293 4,363,326 4,348,669
United Kingdom GWh 367,982 363,873 358,284 338,096 338,917