Energy snapshot

OECD electricity production by source 1974-2016

The move away from coal for electricity is most clear within the OECD, where electricity generation from gas in 2016 was virtually equal to coal generation for the first time ever. In 2016, total combustible fuel plants accounted for 60.8% of total OECD gross electricity production (made up of 57.8% from fossil-fuel-fired plants and 3.2% from biofuels, waste, etc. plants), nuclear plants 18.0%, hydroelectric plants 12.9%, and geothermal, solar, wind, tide and other plants at 8.2%.

Source: Electricity Information 2017

8 August 2017

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