Global Energy Use By Source in 2010

The above chart shows the latest proportions of primary energy sources, as reported by the BP Statistical Review. You can see that Renewables now appear in the data, and account for 1.32% of total world supply of energy.

There are two big stories in the 2010 data from BP Statistical Review. The first I have already addressed: the colossal growth in coal consumption–predictably in non-OECD–but also the surprising strength in OECD coal demand.

The second big story is the rebounding growth in renewables in power generation, which slightly topped 2008 to grow at 15.5% last year. But that is the total, global rate of growth. What’s exciting is that power generation from renewables in non-OECD countries, mostly Wind and Solar, is growing at an incredible 36%. I will write more about this subject, but it fits in with my view that the lack of complexity in Solar and Wind power offers unique advantages, especially to the Developing World.