Global demand for renewable power continues to grow, with clean energy accounting for a record 2.7 percent share of overall energy consumption in 2013. You might want to hold the applause, however, since both coal and oil also saw demand grow in 2013, according to BP's annual statistical review, an industry benchmark.
Demand from renewable energy sources, including wind and solar, rose to a record 2.7 percent of global energy consumption, up from 0.8 percent a decade ago, the energy company said.
Solar power generation rose 33 percent. Solar’s overall share of global power generation remains low at 0.5 percent, “but it is starting to have a noticeable impact in terms of sources of power generation growth,” BP said. Wind power generation grew more slowly, or 18.5 percent during the same period.
Overall, the world has become more energy hungry — energy consumption and production reached records for every fuel type except nuclear power, BP said. For all fossil fuels, global consumption rose more rapidly than production, BP said.
Coal consumption increased by 3 percent in 2013, enough to put its share of world energy consumption at 30 percent, its highest since 1970.
Oil remains the world’s leading fuel, with 33 percent of global energy demand, but lost market share to other fuels for the 14th consecutive year.
Global oil consumption rose 1.4 percent in 2013, just above its historical average. The U.S. imported fewer barrels of oil a day — the 6.5 million barrels a day it imported last year is just over half what it imported in 2005. China surpassed the U.S. as the world’s largest net oil importer, bringing in 7 million barrels a day.
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