Historical Electricity Generation Statistics

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Sarah Toupet, Voluntary Contributor


This dataset shows Historical Electricity Net Generation for different countries or regions.

Data Source

- US EIA Historical Statistics for 1980-2012

U.S. Energy Information Administration, International Energy Statistics, Go to EIA database, data accessed 5 August 2014.

- World Development Indicators for 1980-2012

World Bank, World Development Indicators,Go to World Bank database, data accessed9 May 2013.

Context and definitions

Generation data consist of both utility and nonutility sources.

Nuclear electricity is the electricity generated by the use of the thermal energy released from the fission of nuclear fuel in a reactor.

Renewable energy represents the energy resources that are naturally replenishing but flow-limited. They are virtually inexhaustible in duration but limited in the amount of energy that is available per unit of time. Renewable energy resources include: hydro (conventional hydroelectric power), geothermal, solar, tidal action, ocean thermal, wave action, wind and biomass.

Conventional thermal electricity represents the electricity generated by an electric power plant using coal, petroleum, or gas as its source of energy.

Hydroelectric pumped storage represents the hydroelectricity that is generated during peak loads by using water previously pumped into an elevated storage reservoir during off-peak periods when excess generating capacity is available to do so. When additional generating capacity is needed, the water can be released from the reservoir through a conduit to turbine generators located in a power plant at a lower level. In the hydroelectric pumped storage calculation, we consider the pumped storage facility production minus the energy used for pumping.

Hydroelectricity represents the electricity generated by an electric power plant whose turbines are driven by falling water. It includes electric utility and industrial generation of hydroelectricity, unless otherwise specified. Generation is reported on a net basis, i. e., on the amount of electric energy generated after the electric energy consumed by station auxiliaries and the losses in the transformers that are considered integral parts of the station are deducted.

Hydroelectric capacity excludes hydroelectric pumped storage capacity, where separately reported.

Biomass represents the renewable energy resource constituted by the organic non-fossil material of biological origin. Biomass is wood and waste.


Decomposition of the conventional thermal energy as oil, gas and coal is calculated with the data from World Bank database. The percentages of oil/gas/coal in World Bank data is applied to the data from U.S. Energy Information Administration. And for the year 2011 we will use the same percentage of 2010.



I believe statistics beyond 2014 are now available. Will these be added to the databases?

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