Which countries are winning the global race to get electricity from renewable sources instead of fossil fuels? Viewed in terms of total output, the U.S., Germany, and Spain lead the pack. The lineup would change dramatically if hydropower (not included in these slides) were added to the mix of renewable sources: China would take the top spot, followed by the U.S. and Canada. (Drawing on hydropower helps to cut carbon emissions, but some critics say it damages the environment in other ways, so we did not consider generation from dams.) Even without hydro projects, the bigger countries listed generate the most renewable electricity by volume. Some smaller countries are already at or near 100 percent reliance on renewable energy. If judged purely by a country's total percentage of non-hydropower renewable-energy generation, Denmark, El Salvador, and Iceland would hold the top three places.


Data: U.S. Energy Information Administration (statistics are from 2009 figures)
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Which countries are winning the global race to get electricity from renewable sources instead of fossil fuels? Viewed in terms of total output, the U.S., Germany, and Spain lead the pack. The lineup would change dramatically if hydropower (not included in these slides) were added to the mix of renewable sources: China would take the top spot, followed by the U.S. and Canada. (Drawing on hydropower helps to cut carbon emissions, but some critics say it damages the environment in other ways, so we did not consider generation from dams.) Even without hydro projects, the bigger countries listed generate the most renewable electricity by volume. Some smaller countries are already at or near 100 percent reliance on renewable energy. If judged purely by a country's total percentage of non-hydropower renewable-energy generation, Denmark, El Salvador, and Iceland would hold the top three places.


Data: U.S. Energy Information Administration (statistics are from 2009 figures)
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The World's Renewable Energy Race

Taking Stock of the Countries that Lead in Renewable Energy
Taking Stock of the Countries that Lead in Renewable Energy

Which countries are winning the global race to get electricity from renewable sources instead of fossil fuels? Viewed in terms of total output, the U.S., Germany, and Spain lead the pack. The lineup would change dramatically if hydropower (not included in these slides) were added to the mix of renewable sources: China would take the top spot, followed by the U.S. and Canada. (Drawing on hydropower helps to cut carbon emissions, but some critics say it damages the environment in other ways, so we did not consider generation from dams.) Even without hydro projects, the bigger countries listed generate the most renewable electricity by volume. Some smaller countries are already at or near 100 percent reliance on renewable energy. If judged purely by a country's total percentage of non-hydropower renewable-energy generation, Denmark, El Salvador, and Iceland would hold the top three places.


Data: U.S. Energy Information Administration (statistics are from 2009 figures)
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United States
United States
Total energy generation: 3,953 billion kilowatt-hours (kwh)
Renewable (non-hydro) generation: 152 billion kwh
Percent geothermal: 10 percent
Percent wind: 46 percent
Percent solar, tidal, or wave: 1 percent
Percent biomass: 43 percent
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Germany
Germany
Total energy generation: 556 billion kwh
Renewable (non-hydro) generation: 80 billion kwh
Percent geothermal: 0 percent
Percent wind: 45 percent
Percent solar, tidal, or wave: 7 percent
Percent biomass: 48 percent
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Spain
Spain
Total energy generation: 275 billion kwh
Renewable (non-hydro) generation: 45 billion kwh
Percent geothermal: 0 percent
Percent wind: 77 percent
Percent solar, tidal, or wave: 13 percent
Percent biomass: 10 percent
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China
China
Total energy generation: 3446 billion kwh
Renewable (non-hydro) generation: 28 billion kwh
Percent geothermal: 0 percent
Percent wind: 90 percent
Percent solar, tidal, or wave: 1 percent
Percent biomass: 9 percent
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Japan
Japan
Total energy generation: 982 billion kwh
Renewable (non-hydro) generation: 24 billion kwh
Percent geothermal: 12 percent
Percent wind: 14 percent
Percent solar, tidal, or wave: 9 percent
Percent biomass: 65 percent
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Brazil
Brazil
Total energy generation: 461 billion kwh
Renewable (non-hydro) generation: 23 billion kwh
Percent geothermal: 0 percent
Percent wind: 6 percent
Percent solar, tidal, or wave: 0 percent
Percent biomass: 94 percent
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United Kingdom
United Kingdom
Total energy generation: 346 billion kwh
Renewable (non-hydro) generation: 20 billion kwh
Percent geothermal: 0 percent
Percent wind: 40 percent
Percent solar, tidal, or wave: 0 percent
Percent biomass: 60 percent
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Italy
Italy
Total energy generation: 270 billion kwh
Renewable (non-hydro) generation: 20 billion kwh
Percent geothermal: 25 percent
Percent wind: 29 percent
Percent solar, tidal, or wave: 4 percent
Percent biomass: 42 percent
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India
India
Total energy generation: 835 billion kwh
Renewable (non-hydro) generation: 17 billion kwh
Percent geothermal: 0
Percent wind: 88 percent
Percent solar, tidal, or wave: 0 percent
Percent biomass: 12 percent
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France
France
Total energy generation: 510 billion kwh
Renewable (non-hydro) generation: 14 billion kwh
Percent geothermal: 0 percent
Percent wind: 54 percent
Percent solar, tidal, or wave: 4 percent
Percent biomass: 42 percent
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