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What are the Largest Producers of Electricity in the World?

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What are the Largest Producers of Electricity in the World?

What are the Largest Producers of Electricity in the World?
Map of World depicting the top 10 countries with the highest electricity production in 2018.

The world produces electricity from multiple sources, which include thermal power plants, hydroelectric plants, nuclear power plants, and renewable sources like wind and solar. However, the selection of the mode of electricity production and its economic viability varies in accordance with the demand and region. For example, wind and solar energy are intermittent in nature, and their storage is a problem. So, even though the cost of renewables has decreased over the years, and their share in total electricity production is increasing, it cannot totally replace other sources.

Rapid economic growth over the past few years has led to higher electricity production and consumption in China, which is now at the top of the table in electricity production, followed by the United States, and India.

Following are the countries with the highest electricity production in 2018:

Rank Country Electricity Production (TWh) in 2018
1 China 7092
2 United States 4429
3 India 1643
4 Russia 1128
5 Japan 1102
6 Canada 663
7 Germany 647
8 Brazil 596
9 South Korea 593
10 France 571

TWh: Terrawatt hours
Source: Global Energy Statistical Yearbook 2019

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